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- Who your clients are
- How much you charge
- Your work environment and where you meet clients
- How many hours you put in
- How you market and advertise
- How you can be reached
- How often you take breaks and vacations
- If you scale up
- If it turns into a business
- If it just pays down debt or pays off some bills
- If it stays a hustle
- Your equipment and tools
- Your network and crowd
- Your continued education
- How far can you go
You are in control.
But as long as you haven’t given up or quit, you’re still making progress. Your timeframe isn’t someone else’s. When you’re suppose to make it is on another clock separate from someone else’s. Focus on the progress. Focus on you.
At my previous job, there’s a popular acronym that describes someone who has asked for time off: T.O.R. It stood for time off request. And it didn’t matter what the time off was needed for, it all fell under the same category: T.O.R. – jury duty, birthday, bereavement, vacation, personal day, whatever. You would use vacation days for your time off with the exception of sick days. We were given sick days… barely. And because the company didn’t offer personal days, you would have to request time off using a coveted vacation day. It sucked! The same applied to jury duty. A vacation day has to be used for that too.
But time off shouldn’t be a request. It should be requirement. And you may not be in a place right now where you can take time off. Instead, take one weekend day a month and unplug. From everything and everyone. That’s your time off. It’s your time. Take care of it.
🎶 If you wanna be somebody/ if wanna go somewhere/ then you better wake up and paaaaaay attention…🎶
(What movie is this from?)