Ran into a buddy yesterday while shopping for groceries.
We hadn’t seen each other in a while, so he invited me to have a beer with him.
Comfortably installed on a sun-flooded terrace, he told me that he envies people like me.
“It’s all so easy for you guys.
“You get up when you want, you fill your calendar just as you please.
“You do the work you love, you have no boss to tell you what to do.
“You guys have all the time in the world.
“People like me, we have to get up, go to work, get home, eat dinner, put the kids to bed, go to sleep… only to do the same thing again next day.”
I looked at him.
“To a degree, you’re right.
“But let me tell you this: there are days I wish I just had a job with regular monthly pay. There’s a lot of insecurity in being a freelancer, you know.
“Another thing is that basically, I’m never ‘off’.
“Every morning I have to force myself to read a book while eating breakfast, instead of opening my email inbox.
“At night, I often work until 10 or 11PM
“Nearly every day, I check my email at intervals, right up to the moment I go to bed.
“You, however, get out of work and you leave it all behind – no worries, no concerns, no lingering issues – when your day is done, you’re free. As a freelancer, I don’t get that luxury”.
My, we sure are a weird breed, aren’t we?
Choosing the hardest path, carving out our own niche, accepting insecurity and forcing ourselves to manually build our life as we want it…
Totally worth it though – I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Being an entrepreneur defines me, it’s what I do.
I’m a maker.
I make smiles, copy, lessons, training – I make whatever I see is missing or needed, including what’s missing in that thing called ‘Martin’s life’.
I’m happy. This is what I do. I was made for this.
The moral of the story?
If Enrique really wants to unfetter himself, he too can become a freelancer or entrepreneur. He’s plenty smart for it.
But he prefers the security over the struggle, and that’s a choice.
It serves him no purpose to be jealous of others.
Just like me: Maybe sometimes I wish I had a paycheck, but whenever the thought comes up, or someone mentions a great job opportunity, I go:
“What, put everything I know into building someone else’s business?
“Pah. I’ll build my own, thank you very much.”
If you’re the same, you just might want to add email marketing to your toolkit.
It’s great for getting fans, ambassadors and sales.
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Good luck, strength, love and courage.