Working for someone else is easy. They tell you what to do, when to do it and sometimes how to do it.
You know that if you spend 8 hours working every day for a month, you’ll get a paycheck. It’s instant gratification.
Being self-employed and working online, there’s no certainty and you never know what might happen next.
A move by Google could make your whole business obsolete, or at least that is the fear many have.
This is one of the fears that keeps haunting me, day in and day out. Sure, I make money from my websites, but what if something happens? What if the company I promote goes out of business? What if, what if, what if?
If I give in to this fear, I quickly find myself looking for new opportunities. I want to find something that is bullet-proof. I want something that can replicate the feeling of working for someone else.
Even though the security of working for someone else is an illusion, many people still feel like it’s the best thing. We self-employed have to stick together and we have to be okay with having fear knocking at our door.
These fears are what keep many from attaining their dream life, but not us. We are the ones that will lead the way and show future world-changers that this can be done. Yes, it’s hard work and yes, you may be afraid, but in the end, it’s what makes life worth living.
A World Without Fear is No World At All
Imagine a world without fear. A perfect world where there are no problems. There are no challenges. It’s like playing a video-game on god-mode. You know you can’t die. It’s fun at first, but it quickly becomes boring and pointless.
Thinking like this always calms me down. Fear is what pokes us into growth, but only if you can stare it in the face and work with it. Sometimes I want to crawl into a ball and hide, but there’s always that thought or feeling that keeps reminding me to move forward.
A world without fear is no world at all. Without fear, you and I would not be the individuals we are today. When I played poker, I learned the most when things weren’t going well. It helped not only to take my poker game to the next level, but also improve my awareness, discipline and life in general.
Imperfection is Perfection
We’re always striving. We want more money, friends, connections and more validation. I’ve realized that striving for something is essential, but it isn’t the end goal.
During the short amount of time I’ve been alive, I’ve realized that reaching the end destination is nowhere near as fun as participating in the journey to get there.
It’s easy to dream that once you have a certain amount of money in your bank account you can do what you want, or if the stars and planets align just right, you’ll start that business that you’ve always wanted.
There is No Right Time
There is no right time to start. When I started the Wake Up Cloud, I didn’t know what I was doing. I took everything one step at a time. I came up with a domain name, I set-up hosting, I set-up wordpress and I wrote my first post.
It’s all about taking one step at a time and being present. I’m by no means perfect. I often fall into the pattern of forcing things and wanting to reach the end goal and that’s okay.
Once you realize what you’re doing, you can take a deep breath and focus on what truly matters. It’s easy to lose sight of what is important to you.
There are many distractions. But ultimately it is you and I who will lead the way for future generations. We are the ones that will set the standard.
The world is changed by one person at a time. I’m doing my best, are you?
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