‘It’s exciting, it’s easy, you have more free time and you are guaranteed to succeed’.

Except it is often none of those things. It’s not always exciting, it’s definitely not easy and if you think you are going to have lots of free time then you are in the wrong seat, on the wrong bus.

If you took advice from someone who said it was going to be all of the above, then they either lied or have never been self-employed. No one ever said it was going to be easy. It’s not supposed to be. You are supposed to feel the burn, look into the abyss and feel alone. Buts that’s OK because without these feelings the rewards would not feel so great and you would not put in your best work.

But you turn up. You execute. You leave people better than you found them and you pay your dues.

The telegram reads:

“We are sorry to inform you that there is no knight in shining armour riding a white steed coming to help you, the volunteers are all busy, and no one is coming to lighten your load”.

In other words, it is normal to feel tired, stressed, feeling alone amongst other things. We are with you, if only in a parallel world. So, crack on you will win one day in the end for as long as you play the long-game.

Clifton Bradeley




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