There’s no boss breathing down your neck. No office hours.
No looming panic that you’ll lose your job if you don’t fulfil your job description. THERE IS NO JOB DESCRIPTION.
If you’re smart, you’ll have a friend, mentor or coach who’ll help you keep your shit together as you work through the growing pains. Someone to direct and focus the avalanche of your thoughts and ideas.
You need a third-party to tell you when you’re colouring too much outside the lines.
(By all means, we need to colour outside the lines, but there comes a point when creativity can go from “art and innovation” to overkill and overwhelm. We need to arrange ideas in digestible pieces so we’re moving forward and not in circles)
And so, running a business is incredibly liberating AND incredibly destabilising.
LIBERATION: We are the artist. We decide what’s in, what’s not. We decide what matters, how much we work and charge. We are the creator of everything that comes next. It can be as crazy or tame as we like. Big or small. Conventional or unconventional. No more pandering to things we don’t believe in. It’s the internal middle finger to a life of obligation. It’s pure creativity. A soul adventure. We are the captain of the ship, and man, if feels good to have the wind in yer hair.
DESTABLISATION: We start each day from scratch. We are the force that drives the ship. If we’re not moving, the business isn’t moving.
All of a sudden, there’s a lot of pressure to start moving and have all the answers: Where do we start? What’s a priority? What’s worth investing in? What do you mean I have knowledge gaps and if I don’t fill them my business will rot inside a container of broken dreams and small thinking?
Uncertainty and insecurity kicks in.
We’re the spokesperson. If we’re not thinking and speaking clearly, it effects every aspect of our business. Profit rivals our original vision. We may compromise our passion. We take bad advice. We work from a place of fear instead of inspiration. We resent aspects of our business because growth comes at a price. At our lowest point, we think: shit, why did I sign up for this?
Then we wake up and do it all over again, like insane masochists. Running a business is hard, but giving up our dream is harder.
We stabilise. We find what works for us.
This is the journey. This is what we sign up for.
We need people in our corner wiping sweat off our brow when things get tough.
We need other weird people captaining their own ships. A flock of ships (okay, I’ve taken the analogy too far).
Add this to the list of reasons I’m running the businesses with heart event.
The struggle is real and so is the need for connection.