I was in the middle of a staff meeting when my wife called. Our 16-year-old cat, who had not been eating for days, was clearly nearing the end and my wife had a vet on the way to the house. My son, who works with me, was about to leave to go home. I had what I would call "the moment." All working people have them -- the moment when you ask yourself, "Should I go home, or should I stay and continue to fight the battle?" Quick. Make a decision.

I have made this kind of decision many times before. On more than one occasion, I have made the wrong decision. How do I know? Because I am still thinking about it 20 years later. Of course, this has gotten easier. Today, I have a competent staff and a business that can run without me for days on end, maybe even weeks or months! The fact is, my typical workday is now very different than it was 20 years ago.

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