Self-employment – are you holding on by a thread?
If this has been a challenging year, if it’s taking you longer than you thought to get your business off the ground, if you’re wondering whether it’s all worth it and are considering throwing in the towel…
… let me share one story of why your contribution matters. (For you and for others.)
The end of the world
I remember where I was when I heard the world would end in 2012. It was 2002 and in a green field in Dorset, standing outside the composting toilets of a festival, a new friend told me about the Mayan calendar. I’d been seriously unwell that year, was still in recovery and her words comforted me; it felt a relief to think I’d only need to live another decade.
Over the next few years, though, the gifts of others helped me immensely. By contributing their talents – reiki, counselling, shiatsu, acupuncture, Five Rhythms, homeopathy and many others – they helped my healing journey from a variety of angles. Because those people existed, I got better and better and built up my health – and my life – on solid foundations.
Through sharing their talents, they helped me.
As the years went on, I became clearer about my own talents. I started to identify my unique contribution in this world. Through freeing up my time from other employment so I could focus completely on what I most loved to do, I anchored my sense of self-esteem and purpose and validity.
Through sharing my talents, I helped myself.
By being helped by the gifts of others, and through sharing my own gifts, the end of the world prophecy lost its appeal. My anticipation of 2012 shifted; I didn’t feel ready, I wasn’t done yet.
Your duty: to share your gifts
As we stand ready for 2013, I see it matters so much that we make our contribution. When we pursue our passion, we help others. And through pursuing our passion, we help ourselves. It’s a doubly whammy, a win-win where everyone benefits.
And if you choose to pursue your passion through working independently, enjoying the flexibility of lifestyle and autonomy that self-employment brings, it’s imperative that you learn as much about business and marketing as you can.
Identifying your gifts is only one half of the picture. It doesn’t matter how well trained you are, or how competent you are, if too few people are benefiting from your gifts. We have to learn how to share. We have to be able to communicate how much we can help others. We have to equip ourselves with the business knowledge and marketing skills so we can do our life’s work as generously as possible.
With a solid understanding of business and marketing principles and how to put them into practice, we can reach more people. We can help more people – and through doing this, help ourselves.
So, as 2012 draws to a close, pause to reflect on the year the world didn’t end. How have the talents of others enriched your life? How have your gifts made others’ lives easier? And how has contributing your passion helped you?
I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below, let us know.
I wish you and yours a wonderful close to this year and a magical start to the next.
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© Corrina Gordon-Barnes 2012