You can plan all you want.
But remain open to the possibility that your plans may have to change.
I don’t believe in getting too married to one plan, one process, or one tactic.
I view building my business as a puzzle with moving pieces. It’s important to be flexible and adjust to new realities, feedback, changes, and other variables.
The beauty and advantage of a start-up or small business over a larger enterprise is its ability to nimbly adapt without too many constraints.
I’m very focused on my goals and on delivering my services, but I’m still attuned to other possibilities, and I try to recognize other opportunities when they present themselves even while still being all in on my business.
I worked a 15-hour day the other day with almost non-stop meetings, phone-calls, and regular laptop/smartphone detailed work from 9 am until midnight. Even when attempting to eat or try to catch my breath for a minute, I’d be interrupted. Now, I’ll admit that is pretty exceptional rather than the rule for me right now. I usually work normal 7-10 hours.
However, I had a realization that the busier my business gets, the more days like that I’m going to have.
The good news?
I LOVE it. ❤️ 😃
Sure, it will be necessary to wake up insanely early and require creativity to make time for other things. But, I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. Why? Because I value the freedom of determining my own destiny and not answering to a boss over normal hours and a steady paycheck.
If you think you want to be an entrepreneur, understand the trade-offs. You may be happy as an entrepreneur/business owner, but you may be miserable. You may love being employed in a job you love where you feel that your skills and talents are valued, but you’re not responsible for the whole organization or aspects you don’t like. Or, you may prize autonomy over all like I do. It’s up to you. It takes honest thought and self-reflection and trying things to know. Nobody can tell you which is best for you.
This week, I came across the following article about a bill that would make it illegal for bosses in New York City to contact employees after work hours.
Following the example of France and several European countries that implemented a similar measure, this bill seeks to help workers in NYC retain a sense of work-life balance that is more difficult to maintain in the age of digital communication.
I think such a bill would be both unnecessary and potentially harmful.
First of all, an email does not require an immediate response and if your boss is so abusive and disrespectful that he/she does expect you to respond immediately at all hours of the night OR it’s the type of job that necessitates being on-call and you’re unhappy, then find a new place to work. It’s that simple.
Secondly, it’s up to YOU to set boundaries or know what kind of job or culture it’s going to be before you start a new job. If that’s not a job you can handle, keep an eye out for new opportunities.
Finally, NYC is a working city. It’s a different lifestyle than that of Europe or many other places. Neither is good or bad. Just different. A law like this may rob NYC and the United States of its entrepreneurial spirit and the hustle mentality that makes it so vibrant and alive.
While the idealistic sentiments behind this bill are well-intentioned and I don’t support offending employers in the slightest, making it a punishable offense to email after hours could hurt business owners and employees alike.
There is no reason to legislate such a measure, especially when every job is different and messages/emails, unlike phone-calls, can always be responded to later. The nuances of each career must be taken into account.
Anyway, I don’t think this bill will pass.