As some of you know, and have been amazingly supportive about, I’m self-employed again. I was self-employed for 8 years before, then took a staff job for 2 years, and am now back at it. I’m in week one of my corporate-life retirement, self-employment-life-re-journey. There’s a lot to say and share, and I’m sure within 6-months I’ll look back at this and think how naive I was and how much more there is to say. Lessons never stop.
So here’s the truth about self-employment from my own personal perspective (to date):
Whereas I was once exhausted every morning, even though I could sleep until 8:15 before getting up for my job, I now have endless energy. I can sleep with a generous dose of interruption and wake up excited to start the day. I’ve been going to bed past my usual bedtime and waking up around 7:30 without an alarm clock. I love being out and about all day. Before I could barely muster the energy to make dinner. Life feels full of endless possibility again, whereas just a few weeks ago it felt decidedly beige. I’m writing from the divinely gorgeous NYC Public Library and noticing the raptured awe of the tourists popping in as a reprieve to the cold. I look at them and feel like one of them, knowing I can do anything I want tomorrow.
It was an exhilarating rush. But it also felt so expected and firm. Like it was already written and I was simply moving into action to the plot of my own story. This whole post might seem very anti-climatic if you are expecting an epic blow-out of Independent Creative vs. Corporation. So first let me tell you why I didn’t do it.
I didn’t do it to start a movement. Or a revolution. I didn’t do it to lead you anywhere except to a new point-of-view. I didn’t quit to convince everyone else to quit their jobs too. Or to proclaim that jobs are utterly useless by nature. I think jobs have the potential to be incredibly valuable. Just like I think your own small business and diversification of income is valuable.
I think we should embrace all options, instead of it being an either-or situation. I made the decision to quit from a steam room last weekend when my husband took me to get a massage for my birthday. I had just dumped so much water over the rocks, I couldn’t see a foot in front of me.
As I settled into the hot fog, I found myself relaxed and calm, ready and sure, and completely delirious with core-rocking warmth against the 9-degree weather outside. The idea to Quit(!) suddenly and swiftly rooted firmly in my mind. And unlike all the other times it presented itself, it wasn’t in the middle of a warpath of uncertainty or doubt. It was surrounded only by the future.
Before the advent of online news and entertainment, advertising and its cousin, public relations, were like pornography: You generally knew it when you saw it.
But with the ever-increasing torrent of Internet “content” splashed across the Web, much of it not only corporate-sponsored but corporate-created, sussing the actual message from this medium gets pretty tricky.
Check out also this John Oliver video:
This trend toward dressing (some would say disguising) advertising and public relations as news is driven by economics. A standard press release costs only a few hundred dollars to compose and distribute electronically, making the Net a low-cost distribution channel.
In my continuing discussion of success in work from home careers today I want to cover the power of reflection. The Slight Edge philosophy focuses on ‘the now’, about realizing there is only ever really now. The choices we make in each moment are what lead to the path of success.
How to reflect on your business
Reflection is about using the results you have been getting, taking time out to look at them on a daily basis, and then seeing if your home Internet business is heading towards success.
The key is to remember to avoid dwelling on the past.Take my cousin Miriam, she has no high school diploma and instead of taking the GED test she still complains about low income. There are many really good websites that offer GED practice tests and online classes free of charge so there are no excuses for complains.
If you use reflection that fact you did something wrong several times means you can learn. In fact you have learned, you have learned several things to change. You then have the power to choose to change the actions you take and reflect again. This is a continuous improvement process, ‘plan, do. review’.
The first lesson relates to how you manage your own finances. This lesson is the basis of all the other actions. Bringing in extra money alone is no cure for financial difficulties. It is really just a sticking plaster.
You have to deal with the root cause. For example for Joan the root course is lack of proper education, she left a high school when she was 16, she is 23 now and still doesn’t have a high school diploma.
It limits her earning potential tremendously. Luckily for Joan there are opportunities to correct this mistake, she can take the GED test and if she passes, she will receive a GED certificate. Getting GED is not a lengthy process, it might take Joan 2-4 months to get ready if she will follow, for example, Best GED Classes intensive online prep for the GED that is offered for free.
This certificate is the equivalent of high school diploma. This is a first step she needs to fix it in order to have a better future, with the GED she will make at least $9,000 more per year.
Last week’s post on Why You Secretly Want To Fail (Or Why Sharing Your Creativity is Like the Dream Where You’re Naked) unraveled the idea of vulnerability and the personal rejection a Creative faces when their work is rejected. It prompted Tessa Zeng of the gorgeous new site Experiencing Revolution) to tweet Oh, the need to be transparent! Easier said than done 🙂
Very true. It really is easier said than done. Her sentiment and Jamey Burrell at Life as An Experiment Twittering about decision-making got me thinking about how we unlock the ability to put our creativity and lives into action. I use this approached when I was helping people to get ready for the GED exam. Combined wit the right tools it works wonders!
Embracing Empathy “Easier Said than Done” is all largely expressed because we make it all so complex. As human beings and creative innovators, we all have large egos in one way or another. Even the most demure and uncertain of us still think we have something to say. Or we wouldn’t be searching blogs for insight and affirmation and creating our own. In those egos, we wonder how to make it easier. How to make it certain. How to know what we’re saying and doing is as worthwhile as everyone else.
Changes must be made in our healthcare system. Healthcare professionals must be able to provide patient-centered care by working in interprofessional teams.
This is redefining and expanding the roles of many health professions. For some disciplines, such as pharmacy, current practitioners may not feel qualified to instruct students and recent graduates in interprofessional care.
There is a lag between graduating and becoming an experienced professional trained in this new approach. As a result, a deficit of seasoned mentors may exist for many years. Will healthcare reform occur at a rate too fast for pharmacy to catch up?
How can pharmacy students efficiently transition from being in the classroom to functioning as advanced healthcare professionals capable of contributing to an interprofessional team?
I’ve never understood how any kind of anarchist, anti-corporate/profit motive dude, anti-economic-globalization, social justice champion, anti-sweatshop, or what-have-you activist can justify smoking.
They all want to destroy, or at the very least change, “the man” yet will continue supporting “the man” in the most blatant way possible – SMOKING.
Why, why don’t people make this connection? (I’m obviously frustrated by many peoples inability to reason). Here are some more facts that should help people make the connection between ruthless capitalism and smoking:
For awhile, I was writing for hours every day. And I don’t mean, organizing my email inbox, twittering, getting distracted by my stumble button … I mean full-fledged pounding away at the keys, replacing my keyboard at the end of every day. All because somebody had the harebrained idea of daring me, saying I couldn’t do my writing in mittens.
Not really. But I am known throughout Google for my rabbit mittens, as told to me several times now by Google Analytics. So, that one’s for you Rabbit Mitten people. Anyways, I would write up a storm.
And then, I would have a moment of self-reflection here and there. Sitting in a big comfy armchair, scribbling in my notebook.
Wholesome Activities, Great Attitudes, and Higher Altitudes
As hectic as our lives are, the key is to integrate into our family culture the types of activities that ensure we spend enough time together. Here are a few things we’ve tried that have blessed our family in countless ways:
This can be a tough one to pull off, but I’m convinced that it’s a crucial activity for any couple. A “date” can be anything from a nice dinner out, to going for a walk, or even a trip to the grocery store. The point is that you and your significant other get out and do something together where you can leave distractions behind and just enjoy each other. The key here is nurturing the relationship, something Mark Harai can teach us all something about.