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As I was walking on the beach with the dog this morning, I was pondering how, for high performing Entrepreneur Owner-Managers (EOMs), it’s all about recovery. Recover, refresh, rejuvenate (defined as: make young again) from the depletion that occurs when we throw out our positive energy and leadership to all those around us.
Sustained high achievement in EOMs is not about accumulation of stuff. It doesn’t occur “naturally.” It’s intentional. Athletes and performers have always known that sustaining high performance or high achievement is all about recovery. Simple example: the highest performing athletes don’t have games scheduled multiple days a week. Performers may have a live performance followed by months of rest and practice and play. Energy recovery from being in nature has been an essential part of human life since ancient times. Humans have always been closely connected to nature and have depended on it for survival. Our ancestors knew the healing power of nature and used it to restore their physical and mental health. Today, modern hard science has confirmed that spending time in nature has numerous health benefits, including energy recovery.
Nature has the power to rejuvenate our bodies and minds, and there are several reasons why it is so effective. One of the most significant is the exposure to natural light. Natural light contains the full spectrum of colors that help regulate our body’s circadian rhythm. This internal biological clock governs the timing of our sleep and wake cycles, and disruptions to this rhythm can lead to fatigue, mood disorders, and other health problems. When we spend time in nature, we expose ourselves to natural light, which helps regulate our circadian rhythm and improves our energy levels.
Being in nature offers us a sense of connection and purpose that can help boost our energy levels. When we spend time in nature, we feel a sense of awe and wonder at the beauty and complexity of the natural world. This can help us feel more connected to the world around us and give us a sense of purpose and meaning.
As we now live in a mass popular culture that we were not biologically evolved for, a world that is increasingly disconnected from nature, it is more important than ever for high-performing EOMs to prioritize spending time in natural settings to rest, recover, refresh, rejuvenate.
What I am Reading / Listening to
L.A. Weather (2022)
By Maria Amparo Escandon
Contributed by Marisa B. Lister
L.A. Weather by Maria Amparo Escandón is a compelling and heartfelt contemporary novel that offers a fresh perspective on family, love, and the pursuit of happiness amidst the backdrop of Los Angeles. This thought-provoking tale takes readers on an emotional rollercoaster as it explores the complexities of human relationships and the choices we make in the face of adversity.
The story revolves around the Vega family, who have immigrated to Los Angeles from Mexico. Each member of the family is navigating their own personal struggles while trying to find their place in the bustling city. Amparo Escandón skillfully weaves together the narratives of four sisters: Marina, Lorena, Sofia, and Teresa, as well as their mother, Amparo.
One of the strengths of this novel is the author's ability to create authentic and relatable characters. Each sister is distinct, with her own hopes, dreams, and flaws. From the ambitious Marina, who is determined to make it in the cutthroat world of Hollywood, to the sensitive and introverted Teresa, who seeks solace in books, the characters are richly developed and evolve throughout the story. Their individual journeys are intertwined, showcasing the complexities of sisterhood and the different paths one can take in pursuit of personal fulfillment.
Escandón's writing style is immersive and evocative, capturing the essence of Los Angeles and its multicultural fabric. The city itself becomes a character in the narrative, providing a backdrop for the challenges faced by the Vega family. The author skillfully explores themes of identity, cultural assimilation, and the sacrifices one must make in order to achieve their dreams.
I thought L.A. Weather was a beautifully written and thought-provoking novel that explores the complexities of family, culture, and personal aspirations. Maria Amparo Escandón's storytelling prowess shines through in this captivating tale of the Vega sisters. It is a book that will resonate with readers long after the final page is turned, leaving them pondering the choices we make and the power of resilience in the face of adversity.
Entrepreneur Owner-Manager Quote
"I think that was a big learning curve. There was a lot of different types of structures and investment opportunities and each one had its own playbook, and that was a great educational process to try to understand that, to try to figure out who's going to be the best fit for Case.”
-Jason Case, Founder and CEO of Case Snow Management, responding to Pete Worrell’s question, “Were you surprised by the different kinds of transactions or the breadth of options the interested investors presented in their offers to partner with Case Snow Management?"