Being an entrepreneur can be tough at times. The ultimate buck stops with you. You are in charge of the business, the employees, and the bottom line. For many potential entrepreneurs, this responsibility its much to bear, and they seek the comfort and ease of employment. For others, the responsibilities of self-employment are accepted as being part and parcel of a life involving more freedom, more choice and more personal power. But what makes the difference between a successful entrepreneur and an unsuccessful one? Personal attitude, and expectation of things turning out well. Continue reading
There is an old saying in the bible: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”.
I’m not a religious man, but I do recognise the bible as a significant book, and the man who features in a large part of it, a significant individual who lived 2000 years ago. His message was so powerful, and resonated with so many people that echoes of that message are still bearing influence to this day. Continue reading
Sacked? Let go? Canned? Fired? Sent Packing? Asking yourself “Why did I get fired from my job?” Don’t worry about it, this is just the beginning of you finding something which is more in line with your natural talents, the reason you came here.
People automatically see getting sacked as something which reflects badly on them. Both the individual who got fired, as well as the organisations who are looking to hire new appointments view the dismissal as a bad thing. That the individual is in some way deficient. But this is just an emotional hangover from the industrial age, where worker compliance and fitting in was what made the wheels turn round. Continue reading
I was watching a BBC show recently which was discussing the top ten grossing songs of all time. The list was what you might expect, mostly christmas songs, some classic 1960’s tuns which have come of age with the baby boomers, and the full blossoming of the record business and royalties. Top of the pop is the universally known “Happy Birthday to you”.
The tunes themselves all deserve to be there, and those who wrote them were certainly inspired when they did, one particular tune, Yesterday was downloaded to Paul McCartney as he awakened from a dream one morning on a Beatles tour of France. It was fully formed, albeit with different lyrics (Scrambled Eggs?). Macca himself said that he felt like he didn’t write it, he received it from someone else. Most of the really good songs are written this way, in a matter of minutes. Where did it come from? From his inspired subconscious.
It is January 6th 2015, and I am sitting in my kitchen, at my laptop, tapping away at the keys. My last paid job ended in the beginning of August 2014. It was a fun enough (the people were nice and I’m very optimistic), well paid and it has kept me going until now. But now the money is gone, and I am faced with the prospect of going out and earning some cash. But here’s the thing: I don’t feel called to my old work anymore. I want to do something fun. Continue reading
Satisfying jobs for Creative Individuals
Creative individuals can struggle with the working world with all its formulaic rigidity. Where most business owners see chaos as a terrible indictment, a failure even, we creatives see endless possibility.
As long as all the balls are all still up in the air, our attention is assured. But once things start to get sorted out, and the machine starts to work properly again, we start looking for somewhere else we can be creative.
When I was younger, I used to think that everybody was similar. At least, I used to think that everybody was similar to me, but as I grew up and opened my awareness to the different characters in my life, I came to realise more and more the differences, the innate differences that we have in not only our nurturing, but also in our nature.