Last week, I gave a Pecha Kucha* talk about the lessons I have learned in my journey from working on a campus to working for myself. I share them here (and tomorrow) in the hopes that some may be applicable to you as well:

  • Lesson 1: Don’t discount the value of life beyond a paycheck. If you work 50+ hours/week, nights and weekends, you give up more than your realize. There is a definite trade off between time and money. Before I had much more money, much less time. Now the reverse is true, but I feel richer.
  • Lesson 2:  Write. I filled a notebook about my journey – and can look back at my progress and emotions. Like Marie Forleo said: “If you fall off a bike and get back up, you are no longer the person who fell – you are the person who is still riding.” Writing lets you see that.
  • Lesson 3: If work makes you feel small – get out before you are miserable. Think of the frog story: if you put a frog in boiling water, it will jump out; but if you put it in water and slowly heat it to a boil, it will stay there and die. Watch your water temperature so you’re not like the frog. Now I know that you don’t find your passion; you know it already. You just have to commit to make it a priority.
  • Lesson 4: You will do yourself a favor if you develop the discipline now to hold yourself accountable. Be your own boss, even if you aren’t. Don’t cheat on deadlines. Create a system that allows you to accomplish things that are important, but not urgent. Whether working for yourself or others, this will be a differentiator.

Hopefully these gave you a few things to think about. Stay tuned for more lessons tomorrow.

(*Pecha Kucha is a presentation format with 20 slides shared with 20 seconds of narrative on each.)

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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