Recently, I had an interesting conversation with a friend about working for someone else. That is to say; being an employee and working for a company under a boss. Some might say, “working for the man.”
In our conversation I discussed the frustration I felt working in radio for so many years and feeling like I was trapped. Every aspect of my career and even aspects of my life felt like they were controlled and/or dictated for me.
Living With Limits
- My salary would always be limited by what management was willing to pay.
- My hours were dictated (and often varied week to week) based on my regular shift and other shifts management wanted me to fill in for. Therefore interfering in what may otherwise be my personal time.
- My vacation was limited to a certain number of days or weeks and often I was even limited as to when I could take them.
- My on air content was often restricted based on what the Program Director or some consultant decided I could or couldn’t say.
In so many different ways, I was limited.
Removing The Limits
This, of course, lead to me talking about how amazing it was to be doing what I’m doing now. Working for myself as a voice actor. Being an entrepreneur. Having incredible freedom and flexibility.
Every choice, every decision, every opportunity. They’re all mine to seize, should I so choose.
- My earning potential is limitless if I’m willing to do the work.
- My vacation time can be as much as, and whenever I want it.
- My schedule, my time, they’re mine to plan.
- My business is mine to build and grow as I see fit.
It’s an amazing thing, when you really think about it. Truly a blessing.
This weekend let me encourage you to spend some time thinking about the limits on your career. Your business. Your life. Think about who put those limits there. Why they’re there.
Most importantly, think about what could be done to remove them.
When you’re an entrepreneur, often, the only limits in place are the ones we put on ourselves. Those limits really should be nothing more than walls waiting to be broke through and tore down.
Have you got some demolition to do?