Richard often gets asked ‘what’s the best way for sharpening?’ and he’ll tend to say the best method is the one which works for you. There are countless ways to approach it but so long as you get the result quickly and efficiently then your way’s the best.
I’ve come to feel that the same thing can apply to life; what suits one won’t always suit another but it’s only wrong is there’s no enjoyment of satisfaction.
We’ve talked a bit in the past about the ups and downs of being self employed and I think that one thing most would agree on is that it’s hard work! Sometimes when you’re working all hours knowing that no one’s going to pay you to have a nice little holiday you get to thinking it would all be easier to find a nine till five and let someone else do the worrying beyond that.
I’ve always been a ‘glass half full’ sort of person (the complete opposite to Richard!) so when I do find myself feeling that way I like to remember that working for ourselves has been our choice. I think one of the biggest benefits it can give us is that continuation of choice.
It can feel that we spend a good 99% of our time bogged down in work, stress and chasing deadlines and a lot of the time that’s essential just for making things work; i’m not going to glamourise it. But that gives us at least 1% for reflecting and remembering that you make the decisions.
Balance is perhaps the most important thing and also the most difficult to get right; too much stress and everything goes wrong but I don’t expect anyone feels satisfied by being lazy. I can envy people who get to look forward to their weekends as a break but ultimately that’s a lot like wishing the rest of the week away.
These are things which we’ve been thinking about a lot lately because at the moment we’re facing some pretty big choices. For us the goal is to create that balance where work becomes lifestyle and inevitabley that means some fairly hard work along the way. We’ll keep you posted when the decisions have all been made but in the meantime the new website deign is coming along nicely and we’re planning to start increasing the regularity of posts and our videos.
So remember life isn’t like a box of chocolates… it’s like sharpening!