Do you know how awesome it feels to choose to spend a Saturday or Sunday the same way you spend Monday or Tuesday?
I travel a lot, which I love, but there’s something I miss when I’m on the road: my work.
I yearn for my computer, for some peace and quiet to write, for some space to let out what’s running through my mind.
I have an uncontrollable urge to let out what’s inside — even when what I have to say isn’t so fun.
The Truth Isn’t Always Pretty
Last week, I wrote an article about the entrepreneur’s identity. It was difficult to write. The majority of it was about the dark side of trying to make it out on your own, the stuff that nobody talks about.
The reactions I got were a complete shocker. Here are some replies I got to the post:
“Finally, someone who dares articulating it. Thank you!” — Obba
“Great article! And so true.” — Tannistho
“Excellent post, and beautifully said.” — Kyle
“Nailed it. The things that keep me up at night aren’t the stressful situations themselves, it’s a fear of not meeting the challenges tomorrow. Thanks for a great essay!” — Keith
“Beautiful piece. I can relate to a lot of it. Thanks a lot for writing.” — DG
“Thanks for taking the time to write this. It struck a chord.” — Daniel
Wait a second — does this mean I’m not ALONE?!
For a long time, I thought I was the only one that felt bruised as I went about my journey. Totally freaking wrong.
The more honest I am about my struggles, the more people reach out and say, “Yes, I feel that way, too!”
A few days ago, I sent an exclusive video to everyone who’s purchased my book, Life Is What I Say It Is. I set up the camera and talked about the things I’m struggling with, including my difficulties working with clients, and how I’m planning to deal with them. Again, the reaction has been awesome.
100 points for honesty?
The Key Is Exploration
When I started my own business, I didn’t really know what I was doing. (And I royally screwed it for a few months.) When I got my first few clients, I didn’t really know I could pick and choose who I worked with. (And I suffered a lot because of it.)
But it was all an exploration of what I really wanted to do. They may have been the wrong steps, but they’re the steps that got me to right where I’m standing right now.
The crux of it is this:
Starting doesn’t mean knowing the end. Starting means exploring to find it.
Most people think they need to have the entire plan figured out before taking action. That’s exactly the right advice — if you’re looking to stay in the same place forever.
If you’re looking to move, you figure out the plan as you go along.
That may mean I sometimes go in circles, but it also means I get started.
Starting on August 1st (this Thursday), I’m going to start something I call The Redesign Challenge. I’ll tell you more about it on Thursday, but for now, know this:
I want to tweak my own perpetual vacation to be MORE awesome. (Is “awesomer” a word?)
I want to rethink how I provide value to all of you, and do it better.
I want to redesign my own life and how I spend my time, based on my interests and desires — aka kicking out the stuff I dislike.
Stay tuned on Thursday for this Redesign Challenge craziness.
How do you feel about exploring? Is there something specific that’s holding you back from living and working awesomely?
Wishing you awesomeness,