Being an entrepreneur is probably one of the most challenging endeavors anyone can take on. We work long hours, take on a ton of risk and think about our businesses 24/7. But being an entrepreneur is also an opportunity to reevaluate and challenge everything we ever believed about our careers – and our lives – and forge our own destiny.
Now is the time to get brutally honest with yourself about what you want out of life. It’s your chance to re-invent yourself and build your life on your terms. You’re an entrepreneur, dammit, forget the rules!!
What do you value?
As Americans we are taught to value wealth and success. And we are told from a very young age that we should strive for as much of both as we can amass in our lifetime. Study hard, go to college, get a career, move up the corporate ladder, etc. But being self-employed gives you the opportunity to reevaluate your life and what’s important to you. Do you value wealth? Status? Fame? Or do you value your free time? Travel? Adventure? Achieving your personal goals? Family? I urge you to take some time and really consider what you value and what you want your life to look like – because now is your opportunity to create the life you really want!
How much do you really want to work?
Have you ever wondered why we have a 40-hour work week? I did, so I looked it up. In the early 1900s working 100 hours a week was common, if not mandatory. In the long drawn out battle for employees’ rights between business, government and labor unions, a 40-hour work week was negotiated and eventually became law. (Source: Business Insider “Here’s How The 40 Hour Workweek Became “the Standard in America” by Shana Lebowitz, 2015).
Who do you think came out ahead in that negotiation? Not the workers. Yet since the 1940s we’ve all accepted the 40-hour workweek as standard and normal. As a self-employed consultant/ business owner you get to decide what is standard and normal for you. Over the years I discovered I am much more productive if I work fewer hours. Sure, there are weeks I still work 80 hours, but for the most part, entrepreneurship has meant finding my own rhythm and my own way of working and living. What is your rhythm? What schedule is most productive for you?
What changes have you made in your life since you became self-employed? What “aha” moments have you had about how you live and work? I’d love to hear your stories, feel free to share below!