When you work for yourself, it’s dangerously easy
not to give yourself the gift of time off.
That’s the nature of the modern
workforce. In a freelance economy, you only eat what you kill. The demands of
the enterprise rest solely on your shoulders. Being your own boss demands
unremitting effort, constant commitment and deep diligence.
And so, on any
given day, you feel like you need a excuse to be compassionate towards
yourself. Like you have to earn the right to press the pause button.
crazy talk. Being kind to yourself isn’t an indulgence. You are entitled to
have your needs met. Especially as the owner of the business. You aren’t
obligated to justify and apologize for the actions, demands and needs that most
people would find quite acceptable.
You have to pay yourself first. You have to
find the wherewithal to respect your own needs as much as the needs of your
work. Otherwise your career will implode on itself.
Take it from a guy who was
hospitalized multiple times for stress related injuries. It’s not worth it.
Here’s a simple but powerful litmus test to gauge your professional compassion
If I had a boss that treated me like I treat myself, would
I still be working there?
I once worked for a marketing agency that
famously bribed its unhappy, overworked and underpaid employees with free food.
It was a nice gesture, but they couldn’t fool me. Working all weekend for
nothing but free pizza and isn’t a hackathon, it’s a toxic work environment.
Our own needs shouldn’t insult us. We have to treat ourselves as
we wish to be treated.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
Are you being vulnerable enough to acknowledge your own needs?
LET ME SUGGEST THIS…
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