Who Would Run Your Business If You're Injured?

Jim Luff
Posted on October 7, 2015

In the blink of an eye, or a hit to the head, everything can change for you and your business. For me, it did on the night of Sept. 29. I attempted to stop someone from driving away from a bar who was thoroughly wasted. I pleaded with him to let me get him a ride.

Without any comment, he got out of his car and attacked me. He tossed me like a rag doll and I landed on my back squarely on top of a concrete parking stop. I broke a rib, cut my head open, and sustained a concussion. I had not planned on visiting the hospital ER than night.

My doctor told me the healing period would be eight to 10 weeks. I thought about all the stuff on my desk that needed to be done. Thankfully, it was not a horrible thought because I believe in cross-training and teaching everyone what I do each day. That allows me to travel to industry events and spend time at LCT's headquarters in Torrance, Calif., without falling behind.

I never imagined that I would be unexpectedly sidelined like this. But having a team of people who can all do each other's jobs makes it easier to have a stress free recovery period. While it will take months to heal, I am only going to be down for about two weeks. It's hard to keep a good man down.

If you don't have a plan, please let my situation be a lesson to you that you need to have a plan. On a side note, my accountant had a stroke last week and passed away. His family has no idea what to do and their office is in chaos. Be prepared!

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