These days, most of my time is focused on building my business. To be completely honest, I should probably say “all” my time, except for cooking, eating, sleeping, grooming and the occasional date or happy hour. I don’t watch TV. I don’t go shopping at the mall.
Everyday, I wake up and I work.
A few weeks ago, one of my readers emailed me to ask me if I sleep. I chuckled a bit, because I get this question all the time. I’m grateful for the concern, and yes I do sleep. I even take naps during the day! I just use my awake time a bit differently than many people do, because I’m on a path to design the life I want for myself. I’m working to achieve financial freedom and be location independent. I want this to happen not “someday,” but within five years.
Remember my post from November about the four-hour workweek, lifestyle design and telling the universe what you want? These were my lofty goals:
- YES, I want to make a six figure income from doing what I love.
- YES, I want to be able to send my grandmother money every month to help her make ends meet.
- YES, I want to be able to afford to visit my family more often during the year.
- YES, I want to work less and have more time to explore my passions.
- YES, I want to be able to live in Paris during the summer and Hawaii during the winter.
- YES, I want to design the life of my dreams!
I wasn’t joking. And I realize that in order to reach these goals, it’s gonna take a lot from me in terms of focus, hard work and time. Granted, I don’t have a hubby or kids, so I still have more time than a lot of other women who are in the trenches of growing their businesses. The only person I have to take care of is myself. Which is a gift and a curse, right? On the one hand, I have fewer responsibilities . . . but on the other hand, there’s only one income in this household: mine. Some of my older friends tell me that being in my twenties is a great time to be starting out on my own and building wealth versus working for someone else. I agree, but there are a lot of other lessons no one really told me about business. Well, not just business, but the entire sort of mindset you have to have in order to be a successful entrepreneur and achieve financial freedom.
Freedom is hard work.
No, really. Being an entrepreneur is challenging enough. Sure, it’s great that I don’t have anybody’s boss breathing down my neck, but I have to be the one to motivate myself to do all the things that bring in business without anyone reminding me to: marketing, blogging, scheduling, etc. It’s exhausting and sometimes I look at my to-do list at the end of the day and wonder where the hours went. Here’s the thing about freedom. People always talk about how they want to be a millionaire (hell, put my name in that hat, too), but no one talks about how they want to work their ass off for five years to get there. Me? I’m putting the work in with the faith that the good stuff I’m putting out there in the universe is not just going to help people, but also going to create financial prosperity for me.
Freedom is lonely.
Yes. Oh, yes it is. There are very few people I can talk to about what building a business is like, especially an online business. No one understands (besides some of my fellow bloggers) how tough it is to share quality information on a regular basis and create products and services that people want to buy. Not to mention the pressure of waiting to see if they will or won’t take advantage of your stuff! Even most of my friends don’t know exactly what it is I do to earn money, and I’ve learned to be okay with that. We just talk about other topics when we hang out. But the stress of chasing a dream that very few people actually achieve? No one gets it. Very lonely.
But then, there are the amazing future benefits that I KNOW are possible despite the icky parts. The struggle and the sacrifice and the temporary stress are what keep most people from reaching their big, hairy audacious financial goals and ultimately living their ideal life.
But what if I told you that with a few years of hard work, you could have the life you’ve always dreamed of? That the success you yearn for is totally within your reach?
The life you want for yourself is absolutely available to you. No matter who you are, no matter where you live and no matter where you came from. But only if you want it bad enough. It will not come without hard work and focus and perseverance. No matter what you see in the magazines or on TV, there are no overnight successes. There is just you and the grind and the inevitable moment when it all comes together for you.
Freedom is priceless, yes. But it is not free.