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Unplugging, Singing The National Anthem and Lessons From Canada

 

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by David Garland in David's Blog

NOTE ON ABOVE VIDEO: Thanks to our special camera man Gabe Padva who is a rocking real estate entrepreneur for filming my impromptu insane singing of the Canadian National Anthem in the middle of a crowded restaurant.

This past week I wrapped myself in an American Flag, put on a cutoff pair of jorts (jean shorts) and my NASCAR shirt and headed off to beautiful British Columbia in Canada. OK, just kidding about the outfit, but dead serious about our neighbors to the north.
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It has been about a year and a half since I last took a full one week vacation and honestly I was a little nervous heading out. Would I be able to walk away from technology completely for a week? I mean NO technology: No cell phone, no computer buzzing away with emails, no text messages, no Facebook, no websites. Just the beautiful Canadian landscape, a great group of entrepreneurs (including an amazing chef), a houseboat stocked with amenities and of course my amazing girlfriend.

We cooked, we swam, we talked business and pleasure, we goofed around in nature (this being a strong statement coming from me because I’m not exactly Mr. Nature…I’m more of the jackass looking for the nearest Ritz Carlton), we hiked, we bronzed, we learned new cool phrases from our foreign friends (we had a combination of Canadians, Brits and a Kiwi from New Zealand…my girlfriend and I were the only Americans), we read (I even read a non-business book…who would have thought they existed?!).

I came back relaxed, refreshed and ready to take on the world. Sure I had a fair amount of emails upon return (just under 1,000) and a large amount of voicemails (who knows how many…I hate voicemails) but more importantly than digital data, I picked up some lessons that I wanted to share with all of you as an entrepreneur and journalist looking for tidbits that will help you out.
First off, it is OK to unplug and leave the technology behind. I know, I know – to some of you this crazy talk. You are working hard on your business and you love to stay connected, but really unplugging allows for some 6015_759165374500_15916355_43252189_6297376_n6015_759165519210_15916355_43252215_4836356_namazing things. Everything becomes a little sweeter: You relax, reflect, unwind and honestly have some great conversations that might have never occurred if you are constantly answered the purring of your mobile phone. I was able to chat with friends, enjoy the outdoors including climbing a mountain (who would have thought?!), have some fun such as the above video and have an amazing bonding experience with my girlfriend.

From a business perspective, unplugging allows you to recharge your batteries (is that a pun?). I got my mind off of the craziness and fun that is The Rise To The Top and now I’m refreshed and ready to rumble as we are taping our fall season. I came back with new ideas, new practices I wanted to implement and just that awesome feeling of you can take on the world that is usually only reserved for BEFORE you start your company (blissful ignorance?).

I came back and while I had a beeping phone and dings in my computer mailbox, the world didn’t end as a result of unplugging. Instead, it seems like a whole new world.

 

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