Hello SOTGC community,
Today we live in uncertain times: war, high unemployment, homelessness, fractured educational systems, and a plethora of health care challenges. We are often told that the way to success is through having a good education, working hard, and demonstrating your worth to your employer. This strategy would be the golden ticket, similar to the one Charlie had in Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory.
Some have taken this route and have been fortunate enough to acquire their own personal golden ticket. They were savvy enough to carve out their own piece of the American pie: The suburban home with the white picket fence, spouse, two children, dog and a mini-van of course. Family vacations are an essential part of the package along with annual perks for a job well done.
However, there are many who have taken this same route but were unable to find the yellow brick road leading to the wizard of Oz. Some of these very luxuries have not been extended and or reserved for them to enjoy. They want the same things for themselves and close family and friends. When they manage to get together to catch up, they ask one another, “what have we done wrong?”
What have they done wrong … you might ask? Maybe nothing, or could it be that they’ve never worked for themselves? Are you perplexed? Think of it … how many times are we working overtime, up late reading meeting minutes, preparing for meetings, and using our innovation to develop and grow the mission and vision of someone else? The majority of Americans are fueling and pouring more into the glasses of their employers than they are nurturing their own goals and dreams.
It’s a fact that the majority of us have to work in order to care for our families and take care of our basic needs in life. The idea of working for yourself doesn’t mean that you stop being a responsible member of the work force. What it means, simply, is, as you are working for someone else, you should also be working yourself. Doing your very best to fulfill your own personal mission and vision in life! Working for yourself is about pouring into your dreams on a daily basis to secure your piece of the pie. That could be by either creating the time and space to work on your own special project, begin investing more aggressively to become more financially independent, or taking time each weekend to experience something new.
Think of all the times you have been asked to assist with a community project, help out at your church over the weekend, or stand in for your manager while they handle a personal issue.
Unfortunately, when it comes to working for ourselves, we find many excuses not to. Supporting someone else and helping them achieve their dreams is a good thing. However, getting the support and love we need to accomplish what’s important to us is paramount as well. Just as we are committed to working for an employer, our families, communities, and friends … we need to be as adamant about working for ourselves too! As we’re overdue for receiving our Golden Ticket.
Begin working for yourself … today! Think of that one thing you want to do just for you. It’s something that has nothing to do with anyone other than you. Then write it down in your planner, phone, or on the refrigerator with a start date. Let us know via Twitter and tag @empowermee and @SOTGC in your post. As we would love to share how you’re now working for yourself!