I truly believe that some of us are simply not built for 9-5pm work.
I cringe when I hear people say the word, “boss”. And I cringe even more when they go on to describe what a colossal a**hole their boss is. Why is it that most bosses seem to be jerks?
I suspect it has less to do with the person and more to do with working a job that makes you miserable. But it’s still fun to swap nightmare boss stories, right!?
I have bucked the salaried, 9-5 trend for as long as I remember now. But I still vividly remember my boss back in the early 2000s. And he certainly was (and I’m sure still is) a colossal a**hole. Plus I simply wasn’t fulfilled by the work I was doing so perhaps the problem was me…
So I guess that question is, aside from working for and with people that don’t inspire you, are you doing work that you love?
I think the world would be a whole lot happier and fulfilled if everyone did at least a little bit of what they loved.
Listen, it doesn’t have to be all rainbows and butterflies.
Running a business or consulting practice where you see the difference you make in your clients’’ lives is beyond fulfilling. But that still means there is the other side — the stuff you don’t particularly enjoy. For me it’s the bookkeeping, sending of invoices, and other administrative duties. And no, I’m not a big believer in outsourcing all the things you hate doing. See, those duties still bring me fulfillment because they make what I do possible.
I really am obsessed with this idea that everyone has a something to teach and this can be created into a kickass online business. And the guy to get you there is Ramit Sethi, author of the book, “I Will Teach You To be Rich”. I have followed his blog for years now and his program, Zero to Launch is super intriguing.
The reason why I searched it out? Lately I have been struggling with choosing an idea. I am getting bogged down in the brainstorming and overwhelmed by all the possibilities so I continue to stick with what I know and what I have always done. This is exceptionally frustrating since this has never really been something I struggled with.
If anything I was the opposite – an idea strikes and I’m already launching! So I believe this exercise will help me find a more efficient middle ground.
I’m excited to overcome the decision paralysis and discover perhaps an additional service, a new product or heck, even a brand new business to work on.
I honestly don’t know if I’ll sign up for the Zero to Launch Program (sorry, Ramit – I have commitment issues!) but…I have watched the idea mapping video on the resource page and filled out the worksheets and LOVE the process Ramit has developed. It certainly has got the old wheels turning once again.
For anyone interested, below is what I came up with in my first idea mapping session. For some reason it was like pulling teeth – it’s harder to come up with a list of what you’re good at vs. what you think is a good business idea!
So, are you next? Head here to learn more about finding a profitable business idea and let me know how it goes. Also, if I know you and you need some help coming up with what I think you’re effortless at or excel at – give me a shout!
Happy idea mapping…
P.S: I’m not getting paid for any endorsement, LOL. But maybe I should add “great at finding free and amazing business building resources” to my idea mapping list…
Idea Mapping Video + Checklist for Finding Profitable Business Idea
I Will Teach You To Be Rich Blog
Zero to Launch Course
Meg the Media Maven Facebook Page (head here to share your idea mapping!)