The Art of Doing Nothing

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For doing nothing

Is when our sole connection

Is at its deepest

As humans, we are unequivocal “doers”. We get a tremendous amount of value out of completing tasks and being on the go. For some individuals, it is a badge of honor to share how many hours a week they work or just how darn busy they are in general.

Early in my career, I had the opportunity to spend a day with our new CEO at Jamba Juice. At the time, I was a newer district manager and had a fairly large spread of land to cover. At one point in our day, we were driving 75 miles to a location and started having a conversation around leadership. It was during this chat that Paul said the following, “I would love for the day when one of my direct reports would walk up and tell me they’re going to sit in silence in their office for the next few hours and just think.” Wow — what an a-ha moment for me. Paul’s point, of course, was the importance and value of just being. For it is in these moments that we have some of our most profound epiphanies. Out of all of the sage words I’ve been privy to in my career, this one not only topped the list, but it had a phenomenal effect on how I viewed my career and calendar for years to come.

So, as we enter a new week, let’s give ourselves the permission to update our calendars for a block of time and do nothing. We might just be surprised at how much comes out of it.

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I spent almost 30 years in the hospitality industry. I recently founded the Boot A(E)ffect — a holistic firm focused on Personal Growth & Professional Guidance.

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Eric Paulucci

Eric Paulucci

I spent almost 30 years in the hospitality industry. I recently founded the Boot A(E)ffect — a holistic firm focused on Personal Growth & Professional Guidance.

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