Snow Days & Taylor Swift

There was a time in my life when I could make bunnies in the garden into an interesting topic of written conversation. I suppose I am out of practice. I’ve written five draft posts in the last few days and they are all pretty mediocre.

But I will trudge on.

It snowed this weekend so I closed my business on Saturday. There was a time where that would have given me heart palpations over cash flow. It probably still should, but worrying about cash flow is a lot easier in year three than it was in year one. I am an old pro now. There isn’t enough cash. Ever. After so long of that fact never changing, the ulcer eventually subsides and you just learn to deal with it.

A local high school approached me about speaking to some students in a few weeks about entrepreneurship. I begged off from the speaking engagement unless they don’t find anyone else. My primary reasoning is that I spoke to the same group of kids a year or two ago and they didn’t laugh at my jokes…. I still haven’t forgiven them.

It probably isn’t their fault. I am an exceptionally bad public speaker. I hate doing it, too, but I was raised with a very Puritan work ethic. If I hate doing something, it must be good for me, so for many years I always said yes when people asked me to speak. Maybe I’ve gotten better with it over time, but most likely not. We will never know because I never invite people I know to these things. In fact, I forbid them from coming.

This particular group of kids numbered about 200, probably the biggest group I’ve spoken too. I had carefully prepared a VERY FUNNY joke about being in business that also referenced Taylor Swift. I thought it really reflected how very in touch I was with popular culture. (HA.) They were not amused, to say the least.

Since I will likely not be sharing with them all my sage counsel on being an entrepreneur, I will sum it up for you here: don’t do it, unless you just must.

I own my own business because:

—My father raised me to be fiercely independent and question those in authority.
—Bosses, I’ve found, aren’t fans of fierce independence.
—I have a 100% fail rate on job interviews. Never been hired from one, which I blame on my total lack of personality upon meeting strangers.
—I have strong opinions and no matter how hard I try, I cannot contain them in a professional setting. This has translated to many regrettable emails sent and many bridges burnt. (Please note this unfortunate habit has bled over into my personal life as well.)
—I cannot do work that is not meaningful to me on the philosophical level just to collect a paycheck.

All this has led to me creating work for myself since I cannot seem to work for others. This work I create for myself has never translated to a tremendous amount of pay and created infinitely more stress than is reasonable. I would never ever recommend this to a normal person. I discourage young people from owning their own businesses every chance that I get. Try to do anything else. Everything else. Find any other possible job that may work for you. Then and only then, when every other possible option has been exhausted, you may give yourself permission to be an entrepreneur.

The weather people say more snow is coming this week, too. Am I stressed about this? YES. What will I do about it? To quote Ms. Swift, I will deal with it the same way I deal with all potential business crises… “Shake it off, shake it off.”

(You are laughing, aren’t you?)



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