Earlier this year, I was in a meeting with a group of professional people discussing their careers and their business focuses. I began to see a trend in the conversation, so I asked them a pointed question: "How many of you in this room work for yourself?"
How would you have answered that question? It is vitally important that you answer it correctly.
Typically, those who are self-employed raise their hands. They run their own business, whether a one-man shop or a privately-held company. They understand that it is up to them to develop their business, and that "the buck stops here."
They aren't the only ones who work for themselves, though.
You see, it's a trick question.
EVERYONE works for themselves! Most importantly, YOU work for YOURSELF!
Seen that way, it's obvious. It's important that you think about this every day, though. No one else is responsible for your career. No one else is responsible for your earnings. In fact, no one else actually CAN do anything about your success if you don't do it.
YOU are in business for YOURSELF.
What does this mean? Ultimately, it means that you need to make the best decisions for your long-term success, just like any business leader has to do. You consider the various components of your personal company (R&D, Finance, Marketing & Sales, Production...) and you manage them just like a company. And every day, you decide what the most important things for you to do are. Every day.
This is the first lesson in Time Shaving: change your thinking and focus on what's important to you.
Because YOU are in business for YOURSELF.
P.S. You can get the entire set of Time Shaving lessons in the book, together with the free Special Report "It's About Time" here: http://stephenhultquist.com/shaving-book.html