I went back to work today after a week off with my family. I didn’t go away but I really enjoyed getting to spend some time with my wife and kids. Although I worked on other projects whilst I was off, being in charge of my own time and being able to do what I wanted really reaffirmed my need to be my own boss.
I’ve said before that time is so precious. In the grand scheme of things we don’t get a lot of it. More of it should be spent doing things that make you and your loved ones happy, not doing things you don’t want to because someone says “that’s the way it should be.”
Unfortunately the status quo in most organisations seems to be you get paid a salary to work x number of hours each year. Usually around 8 hours each day. (maybe 10 if you include travel).
You have jobs to do during that time, maybe routine tasks, you have deadlines to meet but in essence the company pays you to put your bum on your seat for a certain amount of time.
As an employee I don’t want to be paid for being in a certain place for a certain length of time. My time’s too valuable. I want to work where the results I produce are rewarded rather than the time I spend sat at my desk. I’d be a hundred times more efficient.
In the same way that in my company I’d rather pay people for results. I can place value on specific objectives being met, achievements being made. I can estimate the time it might take to meet those objectives but estimate is the operative word. I’ve got no guarantees.
Sell products, sell results, sell ideas, sell other peoples time, sell anything but not your time.
Don’t sell your time. If anybody can afford it then you don’t value it enough!