Two words command every type of relationship. In his book Love & Respect, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs mentions that every woman has a deep need for unconditional love and every man has a deep need for unconditional respect. He goes on to say that communication between men and women is often frustrating because we perceive love differently. But how does this apply to our business? And what about loving and respecting ourselves? There’s a simple way to tell whether we’re truly loving and respecting ourselves and others: Look at our calendar.

In my career, I’ve seen too many businesses fail and families break apart because of the way they prioritize their time. In FranklinCovey’s YouTube video Big Rocks (, Stephen Covey illustrates the importance of time management through a simple exercise where he shows the audience that time robbers (e-mail, social media, television, etc.) can literally rob us of quality time with ourselves and others.

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