Mac you strike me as a very detailed and hard working guy, heck I can see by your profile photo's that you are, initially I thought to myself; "Now there's a well run crew" but after reading your article, your situation seems familiar.
I have known several Detailed "perfectionists" in my long career... I have a good friend named Curtis, (a painter) that went through help like I go through shirts, none of his helpers was ever good enough and none lasted more than few years. he was always complaining about how the ladder was positioned wrong or how the tarps are not "rolled up" a certain way. although his guys where journey men with many years of experience Curtis saw it as; "they never learned how to do it correctly"
and so consequently he has worked alone most of his career, his clients all love him he's invited to BBQ's and such, he becomes almost a part of the family while he works on their homes (some are multi million dollar houses) and they refer him to new customers all the time, so he's always backlogged. Curtis is a hard worker and has always been rather happy to work alone, whereas Me.... I'm a slacker compared to him, I let my guys make small mistakes... sometimes costing me money to fix, even losing a client or two, Most of the time I struggle not to say anything to my crew about what I would have done differently I choose instead not to nit pick. I find that this attitude allows me more freedom to travel & spent much more time with my family than Curtis has with his.
Now that Curtis is older, he wishes he had listen to me over the (20) years, he wishes he hadn't been so hard on his helpers, and had a company running the day to day jobs as I do, well honestly he really wishes that he could 'clone' himself (what he always says) since none of his kids followed in his footsteps (a good thing, they are educated and well off) and although Curtis is well off financially he knows that he could have done better.
I might be reading you all wrong Mac and this story just might mean nothing to you, but I rarely make mistakes ... although you think Sh!t nuggets fall from my every word... I see some Curtis in you.
Just going out on a limb here to help, please don't take it personal.
My Friend Curtis is the same age as I am (60 going on 61) and finds it hard to retire, I'm semi retired already.... I hope you get to retire on your terms.
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