I find myself frequently getting annoyed at the people close to me who appear to think I do nothing all day. As I talk to other entrepreneurs, I realize I'm not the only one who experiences this. My default is to be triggered and to think they don't realize I have responsibilities like others who work a job. As I reflect on the interaction with my son, though, I think I'm finally starting to get it.
- Yes you work, but you don't "work"..........My son obviously knew I was doing things all day and that they were related to the business. What he also knows is that there isn't much effort in my work because it is something that I enjoy and comes with ease. How cool is it that I am able to share my talents with others and have fun while doing it. It's even cooler to see I've created a culture in my family where my children see it and can admire it.
- Your business is flexible.......Well yes it is. That's what I wanted and why I built the business in the way I did, right? I built it so I can help take a family member to the doctor during the day or go to an event at the kids school if I want to. I've told them that if they need me I can be there. So why am I getting triggered when they finally ask? Probably because I'm upset with myself because I want to be there for them but can't because I 'slacked off'' at some point. Now, I 'have to' do something that could possibly have been put off if I had been better at staying on task.
- Why are you working all the time?......Well because my job is flexible. I can take a week off to go have fun with family. I can also work remotely if I need to take off during the day. The truth is, just because I can work remotely doesn't mean I should. I need down time and my business and clients need me to have it so so that I can be my best for everyone. My family also needs me to be present for them when I'm off as much as my clients need me to be present when I'm working. If I'm going to take time off, I should do everything I can to be present with those I'm with instead of focused on the business.