Here’s food for thought . . . refresh, renew, recharge.
Later this summer, the Guardino family will pack up and head out to Big Sky Country, also known as “The Treasure State,” – Montana – for a week-long vacation in a region with little to no cell phone connection, broadband access or any other form of 21st Century communication.
The Guardino family’s goal may seem foreign to go-go, type A Silicon Valley: We want to simply unplug. Eleven long days and longer nights star-gazing, trail-blazing and sun-bathing.
In a state with more stars in the sky than people driving by, Montana is home to fewer people than the City of San Jose. Yet it still warrants two United States Senators and a Member of the House of Representatives.
But for a glorious week, this member of the Guardino family doesn’t have to focus on politics, or policy, or programs or projects or even personnel. No, I can focus solely on family. For close to 50 weeks each year, with great humility I’m honored to serve as CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. But for at least two glorious weeks each year – one in the summer and one in the winter – the only title I get to wear is Daddy. Undivided attention awaits two little girls growing up too fast.
For those still here – whether you’re chasing sales quotas, stock options, social networks or software solutions – let’s never forget that we were intended to work in order to live. We were never intended to live in order to work.
Find your own Big Sky Country this summer. Refresh, renew, recharge. Both you and your family will be better off because of it.