The last one month has been one of intense introspection and planning for a different future. Haven’t really spent this much time on my personal goals in a very long time.
When I look back in the not so distant past, I see another version of me, happy with status quo, doing projects that offered mediocre excitement, and a steady pay package that helped me beat the inflation on an annual basis.
The today version has chucked all that aside in the quest of something new and thrilling.
And while in this one month, I’m not even an inch close to where I hope to be a year later, but this little sampling menu of what life could be, is tasting pretty good already.
I’ve also made a few important observations about the life of an entrepreneurship and the one that has stood out the most is being less of a cynic and more of a believer.
Being dismissive rarely gives you access to any opportunity. And it also can be a pretty big turn-off for most people. Being a believer on the other hand makes people open up to you and let’s you be a part of people’s dreams. It also allows you to just stop chewing on your thoughts and start realising your own.
The other thing I’ve learnt, is the power of saying yes to opportunities. I’ve done more varied work this month with a wide span of ‘clients’, than I have when I kept restricting myself about the kind of work I ‘wanted’ to do.
The third is conviction in your own abilities (or simply the ability to wing it) and delivering on commitments. Over-promise and under-deliver does not work for freelancers. Unlike a corporate job, it won’t just be a bad rating, it’ll be the end of work from the source. And thats a huge loss. Loss of face and money. No can do.
Whether the rest of the year will live up to my expectations is left to be seen, but so far the road ahead looks exciting and I’m just getting warmed up. 🙂