Towards the end of last week, I was facing the distressing daily doldrums brought about by less than delightful performance statistics, and I wondered why I keep getting up and going into work. I wanted to take some time to talk about why we keep doing the hustle when we are starting an online business.
As Genavieve Muwana states so beautifully in this post, our children have a way of inspiring us. When her five year old son jumped in all on his own it reminded her of the fact that the little ones in our lives often have a clearer idea of what it takes to succeed than we do.
Although they are almost as distracting as they are inspirational, these individuals are my reason for getting up and going to work:
I love serving my customers. When you work in as many diverse jobs as I have, you begin to see that every job has someone who needs help at the end of it. When it comes to freelance and ghostwriting, the only success we have to show at the end of the day is the fact that we have satisfied customers.
When I cannot send my customers away happy, it leaves a feeling of dis-ease that really puts me off my rocker. Thankfully, I have been equipped with tools to recover (more on that later). But, when I provide high quality service and products to my customers, it inspires me to do better work.
Whether it is writing a short post like this one or doing something with much more research (like the eBook I am writing on starting a freelance writing career), I love doing good work. It is inspiring to read through my writing and think: “Yeah, I wrote that!”
This is an essential attitude to have in whatever you do in life. One of the reasons I never became a professional violinist was because I knew that I was way too easily satisfied with good enough. I love to play, but I do not love to play so well that I am my own worst critic. When it comes to serving my customers (whether in writing, editing, or tutoring), I am always seeking to get better and grow.
I have some addictions that I must feed: I need to eat multiple times a day. I need to drink water. I prefer sleeping indoors. My family has similar problems. All that adds up to hefty bills every month. I know that if I am passionate about serving my customers, creating quality results from my labor, and providing for my family. Finances will follow.
Finally, I actually enjoy this. I love thinking up new posts. I love researching what works and what doesn’t in marketing content. I always thought I would be a novelist, but I have discovered something in the last 3 years: I don’t enjoy writing novels nearly as much as I do marketing content.
Not to say that I will never write a novel. Also, I love reading them, so if anyone wants a free novel review, please contact me.
That’s it: I do this because I want to provide for my family, care for my customers, create quality results, increase my finances, and have fun!
What are your reasons for working? Please, please, please comment below!