I’m not long back from my annual leave. A well needed break after it felt like my business was running away with me! We took 2 weeks in North Wales and had a lovely time. I was utterly surprised by the number of things to do and the wonderful places to walk and visit. There were lots of walks, jumping off rocks into the sea and yummy meals we cooked or ate out. Between me and my partner we have three kids and we also invited one of their friends on holiday with us. Three girls and one boy in total…oh, and don’t forget the dog!While the girls all loved going on long walks, my son who is 6 years old and loves Lego, remote control cars and iPads, just can’t walk more than 250 yards without being fed. So, periodically I’d look back and see him trailing behind, dragging his feet and looking like he’s wading through mud. “I need energy” or “my batteries are running out” were the responses to my calls of motivation. So, I had to go back and coax him forward with a couple of chocolate buttons or a biscuit. This was all very well and good until I ran out of snacks!
I took it upon myself, while on holiday, to try and educate the kids too. I did this by creating little stories that had some sort of moral, but I spun it in a way they’d be interested in. I managed to tell them the story of how Henry Ford paid all his staff enough money to buy one of his cars. This didn’t just mean that his staff were happy, but it also fed his production line and helped to make him one of the most successful men of the last century. I told them about Elon Musk and how his “moon shoot” thinking was a way of inspiring others to help him achieve his noble ambition to save us all from the dwindling resources we have on our planet.