On my way out of town for Thanksgiving last November, I was at the Southwest check-in counter and saw one of the agents cheerfully walking by with a box of decorations for the Christmas display he was working on.
I didn’t think much of it until I was working on our own tree.
“Must be nice to be paid to decorate,” I suddenly found myself thinking.
I wish I could say it was the first and last time I’ve had that thought, but it’s not.
When I started this business, I underestimated how many things I would be doing without being paid for them.
I used to get paid to:
- Check my email
- Make my to do list
- Go to team meetings
- Figure out why my computer’s blitzing out
It was nice to know that when I was on the clock, I was making money. Those days are gone.
Nobody’s paying me for those things anymore, and it has been a tough mental shift.
BUT (and oh what a great BUT it is)
I’ve signed up for something much better.
Here’s what we get the opportunity to do when we work for ourselves:
- Create assets that pay us over and over and over again
- Build teams that also get to benefit from what we’ve built, and who benefit the company with their work
- Claim the freedom to decide when, and how, and where we work (so we only have to build the Christmas display if we really want to)
- Design a company that can run itself, liberating us from exchanging time for money altogether
What’s been the hardest shift for you in adjusting to a new way of living and working?