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The Power of Free Days and My Free Days

September 20, 2017 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »

R. Shawn McBride recently spoke about taking a free day away from work.

Hey, folks, Shawn with you here. I want to talk to you about what I did with my free day. So, I recently took a free day, and a couple of the courses that I’m working with to coach me encouraged me to take free time.

I’ve worked very hard to build my business, and a lot of times, it’s been a very intense exercise. Long nights, weekends, really no limit on when I’m doing work, because I really am passionate about this, and I love it – and coaching courses that I am in, strategic coach I’ve talked about briefly in other videos. If you’re curious, let me know. They really work a lot on entrepreneurs on a quarterly basis, on improving your business, and Atticus, which is a law firm teaching organization. Both of these have been working with me on doing more with my business, and doing great things and breaking out of the entrepreneurial side, and part of that is what they call ‘free days.’ Both encourage us to take days with zero work.

So, recently, I took a free day, and let me tell you how it worked, and let me tell you why I think it’s important that we all take free days. So, I was going to a workshop in Toronto, so I took off at Niagara Falls, and I hiked, I went right by the Niagara River, climbed over some pretty good rock formations, got a little intense at different times, and I was completely disconnected from work. I was not thinking at all about work, and what was happening back there, because the team was managing themselves. They’re learning and growing. I’m testing them when I get free days because my team has to manage the company without me, and I’m just having clear space. I’m exercising. I’m feeling energized. I walked a lot of miles. My body felt better. I felt a new energy level. Things, all great things, happening.

When I came off that free day, the next morning when I re-engage with work before I went to my workshop, I felt happy. I felt secure. I felt like everything was coming together, and I was just excited to be back at work. So, it was really powerful, and I encourage you to think about whether a free day would help you. Maybe you need to schedule these periodically. Step away from your work. Get new creative insight. Recharge your battery. Be ready to work again. Stop that drudgery of again and again and again. Let your mind and body relax a little bit, and take care of your body, because that’s so important to your business success.

You know, my life has changed, and I’ve built a business. It’s been fun. It’s been quite a journey. It’s completely different than working in corporate America, and you need to think differently.

So, if you’re kind of dealing with this stuff, want to make plans that really work, want to think a little bit differently, check out our R. Shawn McBride public page. Share it with your friends, get this message out there. The McBride for Business Youtube channel has great resources, videos, ideas to help you think a little differently, be a more successful entrepreneur. Share that as well. Check out the McBride for Business blog at, McBride Attorneys blog at Get your business evaluation checklist at McBride for Business. This is going to help you, as well. Resources, resources, resources, and email me. Let me know how I can help you, whether it’s some in-person coaching, a keynote address, speaking or working with you one-on-one. Let me know. Reach out. Shawn McBride signing off.

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R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can email R. Shawn McBride or (214) 418-0258.

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