Back in 2012 I often worked 12-15 hour days for my employer sitting in my office writing, corresponding to colleagues with email, and… well, I’m sure you know the drill. At the end the of the day I was totally exhausted, both mentally and physically.
I’d come home to cook dinner for my teenage son and have nothing to give him in terms of quality attention. All I was capable of doing was eating and watching the television until I fell asleep.
I was a typical corporate drone who spent his days buzzing around a hive of activity and busywork.
Fast-foward to yesterday
Yesterday I was spent 12 hours writing for projects related to my digital business. When I was finished for the day, instead of feeling metal exhaustion I felt fulfilled and I knew I’d be ready to get up early today and do the same. Actually, I’m only working a a half-day today so I can spend the rest of the day riding my motorcycle.
Not only would that not have been permitted in 2012, I most likely would have been fired for doing so.
This is just one of the benefits of working my own digital business
I recently added another free resource to the downloads available for new subscribers: a 68-page ebook I wrote a couple of years ago. It’s called 27 Reasons You Should Never Have a Job. If you’re a subscriber and don’t have this resource, a link to download all giveaways was included in the March 29th issue of my Letter.
In this full-length ebook I talk about many reasons why working for yourself and from anywhere beats working in a corporation, hands down. But if I were to think for a bit about why spending 12 hours at my laptop doesn’t bother me anymore, I’d have to say it comes down to the following reasons:
1 – I’m doing the work that I can’t-not-do. It’s the work that my DNA codes me to do and because it is, not only can I spend many hours each day engaging it and not feel exhausted, it leaves me feeling fulfilled instead. Before I knew this deeper work, I didn’t experience anything like this feeling of satisfaction I get that is completely independent of results. It’s not the results I see that keeps me working, it’s the process of engaging my most meaningful work, the work I can’t-not-do. The results are an added benefit.
2 – I can work when I want. I no longer have to punch a time clock, account for my time, or attend boring, senseless meetings that drone on and accomplish little. My time is not truly my own. I possess the knowledge that any time that I spend writing for my own business, whether it’s a blog post like this, an issue of The Letter for subscribers, or just cleaning things up within WordPress (the parts that you can’t see), it’s time spent on me. That feels incredible.
3 – I can work from anywhere. Even though I’m not a full-time traveler, I possess the ability to take my business with me anytime I do. In May when I head to the east coast for a week in retreat, I’ll have my business in my one bag. In June when I embark on a cross-country ride with my son on two BMW motorcycles, I’ll have my business with me and be able to respond to messages, emails, and send photos and tweets from the road. I’m not tied to single place of business and that flexibility is liberating.
If you’re interested in Working from Anywhere
If you have an interest in hearing more about running a digital business from anywhere, the freedoms and the challenges encountered, consider joining my new Work From Anywhere tribe. It’s an occasional letter focused on this topic.