Have you spent a lot of time and money over your lifetime learning how to do something, like in your career or professon? In your sports? I sure have. I am driven.
Why do you do what you do? What drives you in your work?
I've studied a lot about what drives people to do what they do. Why do they keep on keeping on, in spite of mistakes, in spite of obstacles, in spite of a never-ending list of tasks and responsibilities and only so many hours in a day? Why do you? Here's why I persist...
Are you thinking about next year already? I am. I hate to say it, but this year's over. With the end-of-the-year holidays, and my vacation coming up, it's time to finish up projects, get them announced, and generate some revenues.
What are you doing to prepare for 2010? I'm writing a prediction about content marketing for a book, and I'm launching a couple of projects (sneak preview, Content Marketing for Smarties and Patsi's Private List).
(Personal Note: This has been a strange year for everyone, political changes that leave one hopeful, excited, or scared, but certainly not apathetic; then there's been the economic uncertainty, global unrest, and, if you're nearing retirement age, some re-working of plans because of shrinking reserves. Whatever your situation, employed, self-employed, or out of work, I hope you do not give up, you maintain your energy and keep on working on those dreams.)
My point is this: make sure you're doing work you really love and you like your boss. You may have to be together longer than you expect! In my case, my boss is myself (not The Hubby, as he would like to think!)...
I'm sometimes difficult to work for. It's not that I work myself too hard, au contraire. I have a pretty good work ethic, I'm responsible and reliable. But I've got an even stronger "play ethic." I firmly believe that playing tennis everyday is the way to keep a healthy body AND, more importantly, a healthy brain. If I'm not having fun, none of this really matters as much.
It's American Heart Month in February. I normally don't post about such things here, but being aware of how fragile the heart can be is crucial. Here's why...
In April 2005 I just got back from a trip with my husband to Singapore. The return trip was grueling and took 22 hours. I noticed I couldn't sleep but marked it off to insomnia. The next day at home I woke up with a severe headache and vomiting. Thinking I had picked up some sort of Asian bug, I took a taxi to the doctor's.
The doctor put a stethoscope to my heart and immediately called an ambulance. My heart had gone into fibrillation, a kind of spasm. I spent 18 hours in the Emergency room at the hospital.
Here I was a healthy, athletic woman with low to average blood pressure and no weight problem or history of heart problems. I never had a clue that this was a serious sign of heart failure. I thought I had just eaten something funny.
Women experience different heart symptoms than men when having a heart attack. If I had just waited it out at home, it could have been a very different story.
Be sure your heart is healthy with regular check ups, a healthy diet and good exercise! Mama Patsi says so...;-)
If you'd like to contribute to the American Heart Association, here's a cute red dress pin they've created to celebrate the 5th year of their Heart Awareness program for women... The Heart Truth for Women Campaign...
I have an expatriate's heart. When I moved to Paris in the early 70s I had no idea I would stay until 1989. I moved back to San Diego long enough to get my doctorate and meet my husband. Then we took off to live in Ajijic, in Jalisco, Mexico in 2002.
I'm leaving tomorrow to check on our house down there, and to reconnect with friends in the village. I tell you this because it has everything to do with writing better.
It weaves a story of Robert Johnson, the blues guitarist, the Medici Family in Florence Italy, and Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary biologist who coined the term "meme" for the natural selection process of speading ideas. Here's one of the suggestions Brian makes for improving your writing:
Travel: One of the great benefits of online business is freedom from the tyranny of geography. And the more we see of the world and different cultures, the more our minds open up and see limitless connections and possibilities. One of the worst things we do to ourselves in terms of creativity is to stay within the realm of the familiar.
So that's my story, and a good excuse for sneaking away to Mexico for a week... If you'd like to see our house, please visit this photo tour here.
I'm driven, that's for sure. It's such a great feeling to get up each day with new stuff to write and create. It's exciting. And as one colleague said, "It sure beats working for a living!" I love my business and love what I do, so it doesn't feel like work. Not always, of course, there's the routine stuff too.
In our Pathway to Profits series of how to make money online, we tell clients to start with clarity of purpose. And of course that means a little introspection on what drives you. Maybe it's just me, maybe it's not this way for most other people, but I have a heck of a time putting my finger on any one particular "driver."
Why is it I get up at 4 or 5 in the morning to do my work? Why do I care so deeply? I know I'm not driven by money. I've had plenty of it at times, and that doesn't in itself make me happy.
(In fact, I'm thinking about making Fridays a day for posting more personal things. Hey, it's my blog! While I've always focused on keeping this a business blog about writing, part of smart blogging includes being real so people can get to know you. Besides, I like writing about me, me, me...)
1. If I wake up at 3 or 4 a.m. with an idea, I don't have to take notes til I get to an office. I can start writing at my computer whenever I want. In fact, I often start my day at 4 a.m. and then I don't feel guilty when I take a few hours off in the middle of the day to enjoy the sunshine or a tennis match.
2. The view from my home office window includes palm trees, a swimming pool, and not many cars.
3. I can snack on healthy foods from the fridge instead of using a vending machine in some cafeteria.
4. I don't have to get in a car and sit in traffic to get to work, although some days the walk downstairs to the coffee pot seems long and far away. Hmmm, maybe put the coffee pot upstairs...?
5. Obviously, not having to wear panty hose and real shoes is a plus, although I only work in my p.j.s when I first get up. I get dressed appropriately around 9 a.m., even put on a little makeup and pretend I'm facing real people. Of course "dressed appropriately" means in tennis clothes and tennis shoes, ready for a match at all times.
Des mentions not having a boss is another good thing, although we answer to a higher boss: the client! And of course, then I have Denise, but we're each other's bosses or co-bosses!
I share my desk and work space with Huey and Dewey, the kitty owners of my house who reign supreme over all things.
Love to hear what you love about your work space and life...please share.