I also finished three major projects during this same time, an amazing feat, all things considered. Luckily, I work for myself, a small business owner with the opportunity to make my own schedule, drop things at a moment’s notice, then stay up until 1AM to catch up on the day. The benefits of owning my own business were monumental in helping my family deal with recent challenges.
Many clients I work with, and even me, are often dealing with the stress which comes from owning a small business. Troublesome clients, delivering on promises made, searching for new business, overcoming unplanned issues, paying bills – This is a daily occurrence. Often, we are overwhelmed by these daily struggles, and forget about the passion, commitment and personal dreams which propelled us to where we are.
The other day I was driving and I had Rocket in the car with me. Rocket, of course, is my canine co-worker, an older and relaxed Pug who enjoys lunch meetings. I looked back to check on him, and saw his smushed, pug-noxious face plunged out the window – A smile from ear to ear, tongue & slobber blowing about. He was so happy – No worries, just joy.
All of us were once out there “humping it for the man.” We did our jobs, but dreamed of owning our own business, being our own boss, living a dream we only hoped could happen. That dream has since become reality. Too many of us focus on the stress of owning a business and forget how great we really have it. We should all strive to feel more like a dog with its head out the window – Happy, enjoying life, appreciative of the opportunities and freedoms afforded to us, small business owners.
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