“When you start to do the things that you truly love, it wouldn’t matter whether it is Monday or Friday; you would be so excited to wake up each morning to work on your passions.”

                                                                                                                                                     –Edmund Mbiaka

Monday, for most people, is the first day of the week. It’s the wake-up call after the weekend. The end of doing your own thing and the beginning of doing someone elses thing. For the self-employed, monday is just like any other day of the week. A day when you ask yourself whether you want to get things done today or just wait until tomorrow, or it may be your designated day off, or the day you run errands instead of heading to your office, place of business or what have you. I guess what I am saying is that #motivationmonday is just not as acurate as #motivationeverydayoftheweek.

Stacks of blank canvas--some might call this pressure, some might call it motivation

Stacks of blank canvas–some might call this pressure, some might call it motivation

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do.”  –Coach Lou Holtz

For the self-employed-entreprenurial-might-be-crazy types motivation is very important. You must have the desire to continue to do what you do. Henry Ford is quoted as saying ‘You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do,” and I’d have to agree. When you work for yourself, especially when you are your only employee, you have to get up everyday and do what you say you are going to do. For an artist, not only do you have to motivate yourself into your studio, but you have to be inspired to put paint onto canvas. When you have a deadline, you have to push all other things aside and allow yourself to create.

Filling one of those blank canvases

Filling one of those blank canvases

“I said “Somebody should do something about that.” Then I realized I am somebody.”  –Lily Tomlin

It’s hard work being self-employed, but the rewards of success are worth the sacrifices you might have to make to be your own boss. But remember, just because the self-employed aren’t on somebody else’s schedule doesn’t mean they don’t have to be at work. In fact when you are self-employed, you are almost always at work. The proverbial buck stops with you, every damn day.

“You don’t have to be a genious or a visionary or even a college graduate to be successful. You just need a framework and a dream.”  –Micheal Dell

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