A majority of my friends have employers just like me, I have an employer. Having an employer means we spend most of our work life producing something that meets a collective goal. Some folks work to produce springs in pens and other people work to help us travel. Some people work to create laws and other people work to see lives have transformation.
What I want to ask you today is what does your work produce in you? Not to be confused with what you’re producing at work today. But what actually happens in your spirit while you work? The question is worth answering because if you don’t like what is produced in you through your work there is a solution.
“I can’t quit my job.” This was the first thought in your head. I know it was because your brain is hardwired to flee in order to survive. And yes, your job helps you on a daily basis survive but to survive in misery isn’t much of a life either. Right now, right as you read this you need to make the decision to hire yourself. And you’re going to start to moonlight on your current job by sitting in your free time with a pen and paper and asking your new employee (yourself) the following questions:
- What do I love to have conversations about?
- What do I do naturally that my friends and family have to work really hard at?
- When I work on __________________ I experience joy?
- What do my friends and family come to me for advice about or need me to help them with?
Congratulations, you officially have a business idea or a new job description. Nothing is going to change today but things might be very different a year from now if you lean forward. Here comes the biggest factor in your work life changing: Would you hire yourself? Any employer knows the critical question in hiring - “Will this potential employee do the work.” So I ask you - will you do the work?
Will you hire yourself every day? Will you start the job today you want in a year? Will you do the work in your free time? Will you produce something now that can be seen in the future? There’s no pay, there’s no benefits.
Except something new being produced in yourself, something that feels like life.
What’s that worth to you?