Self Discipline for the Self-Employed
Much advice has been given about the necessity of self discipline and motivation if
you expect to be successfully self employed. You will be warned that
unless you are a self-starter, are well organized, are a planner, a go-getter
and more, you had better think twice about working for yourself.
Does it take self discipline to eat ice cream?
I don't want to completely belittle the above advice: it's possible that you
are a complete sloth who needs someone to tell you when to get up, when to eat,
when to smile, when to shut up, and when to go to bed so you can rest up for the
next day of your miserable existence. If that's you, you aren't going to make
it as a self employed person. But you aren't going to make it as an employed
person either, are you? So let me ask once again:
Does it take much motivation to eat ice cream?
If you are doing what you love, and love what you are doing, it doesn't
require any great effort to get up every morning and start doing it. In fact,
quite the opposite: the ranks of the self employed are probably more filled
with the kind of people you might call workaholics: you'll find them working
constantly. But are they workaholics, or are they having fun, doing the things
they really love doing, and making money at it? More often it's the latter.
Not that it's all rose petals and fine dining. But neither is anything else
you do for fun. If you belong to an amateur sports team, does your team always
win? If you play poker or Scrabble for relaxation, do you always trounce your
opponents? If you bowl, do you always score 300? Your business has its challenges
and disappointments, its stress filled times, and its moments of monotony and boredom too,
but if the essence of it is something you enjoy, you aren't going to need to be forced
into working at it. Your motivation is automatic when you like what you are doing.
Self discipline certainly is important for the self employed, but probably
not as important as some will tell you. You'll need a little, sure, but
if you see your work as a treat rather than a chore, you won't need much
motivation to get going each day.
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