Watch the safety video on a plane and you'll notice that the instructor always says to put on your own oxygen mask before helping others. The video will even show a parent pulling on their mask before they turn to their child. It's the one instruction that has you scratching your head and thinking, "Huh, I'm not doing that."

Of course you'd want to make sure your child is okay first. But there's a reason the safety instructions tell people, even parents, to look after themselves before they look after the people around them. Once they're comfortable and able to breathe properly, they'll be able to help others more effectively.

That's the same dilemma that business owners often face. As companies grow, entrepreneurs can find themselves losing the joy that they first had when they opened their business. The work becomes more stressful, less exciting and less fun even as they become increasingly responsible for the lives of their employees. Not only are they now doing work they don't love, they have to keep doing it for sake of their staff. It's a lose-lose situation for any entrepreneur who wants to be in control of their own life.

Bryan Kramer, for example, runs his own digital agency, Purematter. Along with his wife and co-founder, Courtney, Kramer enjoyed his job as CEO. The company grew to employ twenty people. Soon, though, the difficulty of finding, pleasing and holding onto clients, and the stress of making payroll for a large number of people, started to take its toll. The company had started with a sense of fun and excitement but that fun was disappearing.

"The question is how long does this last," warns Bryan. "You have to hang on to that feeling or you end up giving away so many pieces that you're no longer having fun. I think that happens more times than not with people who are trying really hard in business. It happened to me."

Bryan's solution was to do what he loved the most: he took a trip. He and Courtney traveled to Amsterdam then took a boat trip through the rivers of Germany, taking pictures, meeting people from around the world and exploring European food.

When they came back, refreshed, they consolidated the company. The staff was let go and the twenty-person agency became a two-person consultancy. The result was a return to that original sense of fun, both for the couple's work and for their relationship.

"We are having a much better time," says Bryan. "The stress is less. We're feeding two not twenty. We're taking work we love and feel passionate about. And the conversations between us are better now that there's less stress."

That new-found fun has also allowed Bryan to move his business in a direction that is both more satisfying for him and more beneficial for others. He wrote a book explaining that business is neither B2B nor B2C but always human to human, and he's now dedicating himself to teaching other business owners the techniques and the skills that he learned running an agency.

"I'm really excited about educating people, teaching them a few things that can help them to skip a few steps," he says. "I want to give them a faster way to accomplish something meaningful in their lives."

Running your own business should be fun, and it's only when you're having fun in business that you're in the best position to help others. Reaching for that oxygen mask first might feel strange but it could be just what everyone around you needs.

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