I Fired My Gardener
Peter Katevatis - Mar 04, 2016
I will start out with a shameless plug promoting my gardener, Bur-Han Garden & Lawn Care. They did a wonderful job of showing up on time, doing a professional job, and leaving the place cleaner than when they started. I felt I received great value
I will start out with a shameless plug promoting my gardener, Bur-Han Garden & Lawn Care. They did a wonderful job of showing up on time, doing a professional job, and leaving the place cleaner than when they started. I felt I received great value for my monthly fee and would have happily paid even more. Alas, they are no longer cutting my lawn.
I fired my gardener for one simple reason… they did not allow me to think. I am happily married with two active young children and a growing business. My time is wonderfully jam packed with client meetings, research & economic reports, children’s activities, industry developments, home errands, playing sports (hockey, softball, running, etc), coaching sports, and many get-togethers with friends & family. By hiring a gardener some of my precious time was free for more “things”.
Earlier this week, Warren Buffet published his annual investor letter. As his partner, Charlie Munger, recently said, “He has a lot of time to think,” Munger told investors in Los Angeles on Feb. 10. “Warren is sitting on top of an empire now, and you look at his schedule sometimes, and there’s just a haircut. ‘Tuesday: Haircut Day.”‘
Warren Buffet has become a wonderful pontificator and shrewd investor by being able to see things others did not. I feel that it has come from getting more time to think. We all know how busy we are and use free time to do more “things”. Now that I have fired my gardener, I am able to change into some grubby clothes and do some manual labour. These moments of peace (since no one in my family will join me) allow me to reflect.
I have never been a big meditator or spiritual thinker, however, I do see the allure as you are able to clear your mind and think. A funny thing happens when you think… ideas pop into your head. Sure, some ideas are bad, but some are brilliant. By taking some time for yourself to think you can do more.
Your business, your relationship, your career, your family all can benefit from brilliant thoughts. They are in there - you just have to coax them out.
If you don’t have a garden, fear not. There are many local resources in Vancouver to help, here are some of my ideas:
Take some time to think, dream up a brilliant idea, then act on it.