On Tuesday I had one of the worst days I’ve had in the law business for a number of years. Why? Computer failure. No, Not Computer Failure, but instead Personal Failure.
I coach lawyers all the time to delegate, delegate, delegate. As the owner of your business, a business that should be designed to give you financially the life of your dreams and desires, you should not be involved in the minutia of its existence.
You need to begin with systems. I mean systems for everything you do more than 3 or 4 times. I call them “howwedoes”. That’s slang for “How We Do’s”.
- This is how we answer the phone.
- This is how we accept the mail.
- This is how we put papers into paper files.
- This is how we saved documents (and where).
You get the point. Once the systems are set up, they should be handled by someone else.
BUT, you mustn’t, absolutely mustn’t neglect what Ronald Reagan said about the Soviets:
“Trust, But Verify.”
He said “Trust, But Verify!”
I say, “Delegate, But Verify.”
Once you set up a system, be sure that it is working AND that you periodically follow-up just to insure that the system that was designed is in fact the system that is being followed.
So that brings me back to the title of this post, “My Grandsons Brought Me Joy Last Night.”
We had a major disaster in my office on Tuesday because I forgot the warning of President Reagan and my admonition and instructions to other attorneys who I coach.
I beat myself up all day. (No, I mean really beat myself up!”
But when I got home I had my two grandsons. You see it was Mimi day. Which also means it was Mimi night as well. That’s when we get to just hang out and do fun things that a 3 year old and a 15 month old wants to do.
Guess what? They are not too much into worrying about granddad’s failures. Nor are they into worrying about me letting my business down.
Here’s what they are in to:
Swinging on swings.
Sliding on slides.
Cutting out pictures from magazines.
Glueing pictures on cardboard.
Wresting on the bed.
Playing in the tub.
And there’s more……………lots more.
So I thought I’d share this with you.
When you make a big mistake, perhaps you’re the one with the failure. Don’t forget, there’s life after that failure.
And, there’s snuggling.
My Grandsons Brought Me Joy Last Night. I just wanted to share it with you.