What was that Whooshing sound?
I believe that whooshing sound was June rushing by. I don't recall many specifics about it, but I think that's what it was.
June included my wedding anniversary, Father's Day, one date night with Husband, taking Mom to the doctor twice, my car to the car doctor once, umpteen video conference calls and meetings, and THIRTEEN networking events.
No wonder it made a whooshing sound!
I've also read several books—some of them even non-fiction! =) The most recent one was When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel Pink. He was a keynote at the HOW Design Conference I attended in May (sorry [not sorry] I keep mentioning it—yes, it's that good!).
The major takeaways from his talk, and from his book, include recognizing when your peak times are, and when your slump times are, and working accordingly. The timing didn't surprise me, but the severity of the slump, across all of humanity, did. (Seriously, don't have any surgeries mid-afternoon if you value your life.) Toward the end of the book, the author also mentions something that really resonated with me… and it's about beginnings. In a nutshell, "start right, start again, start together."
What Daniel Pink goes on to explain about "start right" is that when you start something affects the entire success your endeavor, from a project, to a career, to your life. For example, did you enter the job market during an economic slump? The effects of that may follow you your entire career. Most of the time, we have zero control over this. The good news is that this effect can fade over time.
He explains "start again" as the timing of starting over. From the first day of the year (new year's resolutions), to the first day of the week, choosing a day that's memorable to you and beginning again works. Totally makes sense, right?
The last one, "start together" is the one that really sunk in. Whether it's a workout routine, a business, a marriage, or a movement, you have more chance at success if you start something monumental with someone else. This effect does not fade over time. This is the one that you have the most control over, and can impact your success the longest, even decades down the road.
Start right, start again, start together.
My June this year did make a whooshing sound as it flew past, but today is July 1st, and that means that I can start again. Sure it's an arbitrary day, but it's a beginning. So I'm announcing the whooshing sound is now me beginning again!
I've spoken to several people recently who have made, or will soon make, the jump to working freelance full time. My advice to you is this… to pick a day that's memorable to you, the first of the month, the anniversary of you graduating, whatever… (start again) then assemble a group (or even just one other person), who can be your partner in this endeavor… (start together), and BEGIN.
Thanks for reading. Good juju to you! =)
p.s. If you want my help to move from working full-time for someone else, to working full-time for yourself, please let me know. I've done it successfully, twice. I can help.
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