Greetings from the 9th floor and allow me to talk non-finance for a while. We’ve been chewing on this tape long enough to have earned a break.
Months ago I swore to Madame Thaler that I would be a more involved family sort the last few months. It’s not that I was ever an uninvolved man; only that I promised to apply extra efforts to attending events and seeing loved ones who we had only occasioned with in the past few years. We let the children of our extended family come stay over night and entertained them with trips to water parks and zoos. We doted on the youngsters. We entertained and visited often.
The effort reaps dividends and I recommend you try it if you find yourself isolated from your clan. Our kin are one of those special associations that almost always enhance our quality of life. Sure spending time takes away from business affairs, but why are you working so hard anyway? A common answer is, “for others”.
But the others would rather you be a part of their lives. The great man or woman is one who can apply himself or herself in both fields of life (often at the expense of their own personal time – work and family are exhausting).
Naturally some of you are estranged from your families. I would not tell you to reconnect; plenty of those estrangements are for good reason. But find yourself a family all the same and exercise yourself to include them in your thoughts and life.
It’s difficult to organize these events and often it falls on you (as the enterprising up-and-coming) to make it all come together. But when you finally are surrounded by people you haven’t seen in years, the cost seems so negligible. It is a very rewarding experience.