Greetings to all!
Welcome to another blog post that teaches you how to use your writing to generate wealth. For today’s piece, I want to write directly to individual authors that continue to labor in the work force. I think this article will be encouraging to you, especially as you see how being a published author and full-time worker can go hand-in-hand.
How many of you are able to work full-time as a writerpreneur? For the majority, this is not an option right now, even if it’s something that you strive to become in the future. One of the things that I tell my clients is that you must be willing to make strategic strides towards becoming what you truly desire; and for most of you—if not all—maintaining the traditional 9-5 job while working on your dream business is a necessity. And you should never feel ashamed of it.
When I became a full-time writerpreneur, I did it because I had to, not because I wanted to. I had to give up a profession that I spent my life preparing because it was literally killing me on the inside and destroying my mental and physical health. And if the environment surrounding the public school system was any different, I would be right back at it, doing both my business and traditional teaching at the same time because I love them. So, I would never want you, #LAPWriterpreneurs, to feel like you are not accomplishing much with your writing dreams simply because you have to commit 40 hours a week to serve another person’s vision. You have to do what you have to do. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t employ your passion for writing into your current position.
In this lesson, I want to teach you two strategies that can help you acquire promotions and other avenues of success when you exercise your writing skills. In addition, I want to incorporate a segment in this post that helps you balance your professional and personal life. This is crucial to your health and well-being.
Strategies for Using Your Authorship on the Job
In case you’re wondering whether or not these ideas will work for your situation, know this: You will only accomplish what you believe you are able to accomplish. In other words, if you recognize that there is a need within the company, and you choose not to do anything about it because of doubt, then you have no one to blame but yourself. The ideas are not flawed. They are very legitimate; but they will only work when you put faith (coupled with action) behind it. If you think you can perform something like what I mentioned in this lesson, but you need assistance in putting the plan together, consider my coaching and content writing services. As I mentioned, I’ve accomplished this in my former profession as a public school teacher; and it can be done within your field. You simply need to be willing to step out of the box, and remove the restraints. Creativity is what brings about wealth, not conformity. In other words, it will be those individuals that seek to bring creative resolutions to a company’s problems—followed by a strategic plan—that will rise to the top. It won’t come from people who simply sit on the sidelines, complaining about how the company should be better. You make the company better! You bring the resolution! You be exactly what your employer needs at that moment! God has given you the power—the idea, the word, the thought. Now, develop it, and watch the transfer of wealth take place. When you recognize that your writing can be used to facilitate that process, then you open the doors for promotions and job increases.
I want to add another element to this post, and that is to encourage you to develop a healthy balance between your work and personal life. Quite often, especially as entrepreneurs, it becomes challenging to stop working at certain hours of the day just so you can spend quality time doing something else. I can't tell you how often I struggle with this very thing. It's especially difficult when it comes time to create new content or to evaluate and redesign new products and resources. Nevertheless, it is crucial to your health and mine. And for this reason, I want to share with you more information about this topic.
Everything begins with a choice. We choose to create a life based on our needs and desires, and it is up to us to ensure that every decision we make does not cause future harm. As an entrepreneur/business owner, you have the choice to determine how large or small your company will be. And this choice will profoundly affect your personal life. In this portion of the article, I want to highlight key points with regards to balancing your professional and personal life. This portion of the book is extremely important because you will need to know that there is a way to have whatever your heart desires without sacrificing the things (and people) that bring ultimate value to your life. So, let’s begin.
What is Your Professional Life Like?
For many people who do the traditional 9-5 job, the professional life includes rising early in the morning, beating the morning traffic, and committing 40 hours each week to help build another person’s business. Once the job is completed for the day, people return to their homes to spend whatever time possible with their families. The same routine occurs day-in and day-out.
For an entrepreneur, this varies slightly. On one hand, we have the freedom and liberty to conduct work as we see fit. For those of us who are morning people, rising up before the sun dawns is the perfect time to get work accomplished. For those who prefer to sleep in, perhaps working in the afternoons and into the late night best suits them. In any case, we can determine what hours of the day we will commit to perform any necessary duties for our company. However, what you will find as a beginning entrepreneur/business owner is that more hours of your day will be spent on something that may not generate a guaranteed income. In fact, you will find that the less hours you spend on perfecting your business and its products and services, the less you are able to make a full-time living doing what you want to do.
Thus, it is easy to find yourself working 10-15 hours a day, every day on your company. There have been several times when I woke up at 5:00am only to finally complete my work for that day at around 8:00pm. If I allowed myself to do this every day, I would surely burnout. My mind and my body could not handle such pressure. So, I needed to develop a way to bring about balance between what I have to do and what I want to do.
The Personal Life
Unlike the professional life, your personal life consists of doing things that you do not feel pressured to do in order to make a living. This includes spending time with family and friends, and engaging in activities that bring comfort and relief. I have read several articles about bloggers who avoid their personal life because they are so engulfed in their writing entrepreneurship, as if this is something to boast. To the contrary, having a personal life is quintessential to the overall success of your company; and without it, you will greatly suffer.
As a mother, I make it a priority to spend time with my daughter on a daily basis. A while ago, I was asked to take on an extra load of hours at the college I work. I agreed to fill in for another colleague for one week, which meant that while my check would be larger, time with my daughter would decrease. I thought, Why not? This extra bit of money can help us and we can use it to do more things. I must say, however, that the schedule was so demanding that it left me literally spending only two hours a day with my child. This bothered me greatly. I eventually determined that having an increase on my check could not take away the value of quality time with my child. After trying this schedule for about three weeks, I happily declined to continue, and returned to only giving them 15-20 hours a week as an Instructor.
What I noticed from that experience was the lack of emotional attachment that came as a result of wanting to earn a guaranteed check. I despised that feeling. This is the beauty that comes with being an entrepreneur. You can freely set aside work in order to attend to your personal needs. But even then, if you are not careful, you can find yourself divulging into more entrepreneurial work and even less time for your personal life. You must find a balance.
Balancing Both Worlds
There is a way that you can bring both the professional and personal life together to work in harmony with each other. Here is a list of strategies to keep in mind:
I pray that this article helped you in some way, and even if you're not completely at the place you want to be as a writerpreneur, find a way to enjoy the journey nonetheless. It makes the rewards so much sweeter.
Leave a comment below, and let me know how you can make your books work for you on the job. How do you find ways to balance your professional and personal life?
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