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Fast Company: How taking off in an RV saved this chief executive officer’s sanity and his business

From the writers at Fast Company.

It was 2013, and Joel Holland should have been happy.

Holland had friends, a girlfriend, and was living the entrepreneur’s dream: his stock footage company, VideoBlocks, was profitable and doing $10 million in revenue, with dozens of employees. But despite having everything he wanted, Holland recalls, he “wasn’t feeling alive.” He’d drive to work, and as his car approached the office, he’d want nothing more than to just keep driving. He was burning out fast.

In October of that year, he went to a friend’s wedding in Manassas, Va. He and some friends were looking to kill time after the rehearsal dinner, so they stopped in a Dick’s Sporting Goods. Holland looked across the interstate and saw an RV dealership. “Let’s go look at some RVs,” he said.

They went over to the dealership, and his friends started to clown around, he recalls: “They were probably thinking, ‘Let’s pretend to be hicks!’” Meanwhile, Holland buttonholed a salesman, and started to ask serious questions. How much was an RV? What’s the safest setup for a beginner? What was a “fifth-wheel trailer”? His friends, meanwhile, “thought I was being ironic.”

To read the full story by Fast Company, click here.

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