Labor Day Musings

kayaking with pelicanIn the US we just had a 3-day weekend that formally ends the summer season. Of course that’s for “normal” people. But for us solopreneurs, we can take a 3-day weekend any time we want! That’s the beauty of being your own boss—not for everyone, but perfect for those of us who are of that mindset.

The only caveat to this is that if you want to do something with a “non-solopreneur” you have to do it on their time off. So that’s why I went kayaking and swimming last Saturday with a friend who works during the week. Can you see that white bird in the background? It’s a pelican. I was thrilled to see one so close. It was almost 3 feet tall!

The rest of the 3-day weekend was cloudy, so I worked on my business, in order to be free on the next good weather day. That way I can enjoy myself while I work, knowing that I’m getting ahead, and at the same time, creating future time off. This is how you create a lifestyle for yourself. 

So make sure you are enjoying the lifestyle you are able to create as a solopreneur. When I started my business, I felt compelled to work all the time – many 7 day-weeks – because I wanted to be successful so badly. But looking back, I really was just being impatient and all that extra work may have unnecessary.  It takes time to build a business and you can’t force it via hard or more work.

When I was “slaving  away” at my business, one thing I discovered was that my money mindset was out of whack. So I started working on my mindset. I took classes and read books such as:

  • The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles
  • The One Minute Millionaire and
  • Cracking the Millionaire Code, both by Mark Victor Hansen and Robert Allen
  • Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T Harv Eker
  • Cash Flow Quadrant by Robert Kiyosaki

These are books I recommend to anyone wanting to improve their money mindset.

Did they make me a millionaire? No. But they did help me learn better ways to handle money and think about money. And those skills helped me discover that I could make the same amount of money and work less.

The lifestyle I was able to create now includes morning and afternoon hour of rest and meditation (TM), one or two half-hour workouts a day, occasional lunch with friends, rotating between, biking, kayaking, long walks, and swimming, and summer vacations that may last 4-6 weeks. What lifestyle are you creating for yourself?

Don’t be impatient. Enjoy the process of building a business and serving others. What a wonderful mission life coaches have!