You’ve probably heard the phrase, “Make your vocation your vacation.”

But I want to also add on the idea of location as being an important factor as well. For many of us, being a top performer also means spending a good deal of time at the office, wherever that may be. So making it a vacation, by doing what you love absolutely makes sense.

But what about location, doesn’t that also have an effect on your happiness?

Think of the last vacation you’ve taken. Where did you go?

Chances are you went to a location that you like, whether it was tropical, warm-weathered, or snowy if you like skiing. We tend to categorize vacations not just on the activities we engage in but also the location. It is the environment that is important.

This doesn’t mean that you should move your company to where you want to vacation, although you can. It means that you should think about environment as well as what it is that your doing. If you’re passionate about what you do and you love the location in which you do it, that is the ultimate lifestyle.

Many CEOs are now realizing the importance of location. Not only for their own enjoyment but for their families as well. Right now, there is a CEO shortage, and executive recruiters are having a hard time attracting executives to some areas of the country because they are not a fan of the location. And so even if the pay is there, execs are evaluating the cost in terms of lifestyle as well.

Think about what you’re doing right now and where you’re doing it and ask yourself, “Am I doing what I love where I love?”

If the answer is yes, then, well done.

If not, consider whether it is worth it to you to find a better match for you.

The good news is that it’s totally up to you. If you’re happy…wonderful. If not, change it.


John Ryan

Host of Key Conversations for Leaders Podcast, Executive Coach, Consultant, and Trainer

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