The Bare Truth About Being Your Own Boss

By now you’ve probably read my last post about the way I am changing things up on my blog. I’ve slowed down my writing to once a week. And for the rest of the year, I’ll write about lessons I’m learning as I am working to make 2014 count! Consider me your fellow underdog on the journey!

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One thing I’ve realized in these last 6 months is how disciplined you have to be to pursue your goals. Good Lord do you have to be disciplined!

I’ve had goals in the past. Finishing college, entering grad school, and starting my own business.

But for some reason, this time it feels like the stakes are higher. Every moment counts.

Maybe its because I’m older now. I don’t have the same energy I did at 25. In any case, it seems like the older I’ve become the more the easy route seems more appealing. As crazy as it sounds, I’ve considered going back to a 9-5 job and moving somewhere warm where the cost of living is decent so I can enjoy “the good life.”

Then I wake up.

That’s not what I’ve been built for. My life is worth more than striving for personal comfort. I want to see change. I want to make a difference in someones life. First my families life, then those around me.

The 9-5 gig is not a bad thing. Some people are made for that, not me. I want comfort like anyone else but for me its going to come only after I know what I’ve done has truly made a difference.

The reality though is that the lifestyle I pursue doesn’t come as easy as most people think. Some people say “I wish I worked for myself”. My response, “no you don’t.”

The self-discipline needed to be an entrepreneur is not for the faint hearted.

Knowing that I don’t have to be at the office at 8am makes the temptation to sleep in until 10am seem excusable. Knowing I don’t have to constantly look at my watch during my lunch for fear of returning to work late makes me want to go ahead and take the rest of the day off.

It would be much easier to conform to the standards set forth by a boss or a firm. However, herein lies the truth:

I do have a boss and if you want to work for yourself, you will too.

My boss is the client I’m doing work for. My boss is the curriculum or ebook I want to write. My boss is the support I need to raise to fund the church we are establishing. I work for them not myself.

If I don’t stick to the schedule, I won’t get paid. If I fail to finish the curriculum or ebook, no one will read it. If I fail to raise the funds, our church will struggle to get off of the ground.

I’ve realised who the boss is. It sure ain’t me!

Discipline is the key. It’s what’s going to make mine and your dream a reality.

Stay focused, we’ve got six more months to make 2014 the year of the underdog!

Question:Work for “yourself”? What have you learned about being your own boss? Leave your comments below.