Ah yes, a nice melodramatic title. But one that feels fitting considering the last week I’ve had of being sick (hence why the blog posts dried up).

Now, there’s being sick and then there’s really being sick.

I’m sure we’ve all had days at some point in our past where we could have gone to work, but we weren’t feeling 100% so we just stayed home – because we could.

But just over a week ago, I caught a really nasty strain of the flu. It rendered me completely incapable of doing anything other than lying in bed for days. I didn’t eat. I didn’t watch TV. I just slept. And slept. And slept.

It was an awful, awful feeling.

Those are the kinds days you need to think about protecting yourself for when you are out on your own.

The tough part of it was the helplessness. When you’re out on your own, there’s no such thing as “sick days”. So you’re not making any money for those days.

But worse is knowing work doesn’t just go on while you’re sick. There’s no team around you or counterparts to pick up the slack and continue moving things forward.

I was very, very fortunate to have been in a week where only having a few hours of feeling well enough to do anything didn’t kill me – but it could have.

I honestly shudder to think what would have happened had it been a big launch week.

Chances are, it won’t happen at the worst possible moment, but it could.

The Cure

The best way to safeguard yourself?

Have a great relationship with your clients. If you’re hitting it out of the park for them on a regular basis and delivering on what you said you would deliver, chances are, even at the worst, most inopportune time, they’ll figure a way to help you out.

Otherwise, being sick at the wrong time will kill a lot more than some of your free time.

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