Most of the time I can’t believe how fortunate I am to love
what I do so much and get paid for it. But every so often I
have one of those days when I wish I could just go and get
a regular job. Do you ever have days like that?
The thought of getting up, going to a job where someone
else has all the responsibility, and coming home and being
absolutely done for the day occasionally seems so
appealing.. for about half a second.
Yes, my fantasies about being a barista in Starbucks, or
selling books all day in Barnes and Noble never last much
longer that that. ‘Cause the truth is, I’m essentially
unemployable in the “real” world.
The closest thing I’ve ever had to a regular job was
working in a wool factory in Yorkshire, England when I was
a teenager the year between high school and college. I had
to punch in every morning and punch out every evening. I had
to explain to someone when I had to go to the loo
(translation: bathroom). The whole experience made me
realize very quickly that “jobville” was not for me.
So I’ve had my own businesses ever since. Some were very
successful, some moderately so, and some.. well let’s just
say they were great learning experiences.
But always I followed my heart and my passion. You know
that thing they say.. “Do what you love and the money will
follow”? I do believe that’s true, but I don’t think that
it’s the whole truth. Not at all. If it was there would be
no starving artists (or massage therapists for that matter)
in the world.
What I’ve found out is that there are certain qualities and
skills that a person really needs to develop if they are to
be truly successful in any entrepreneurial endeavor. But
also important is attitude and the “success mindset”. More
about that soon.