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).
(BIG announcement next week, on the teleseminar (don't forget to register here: How to Create Content Products with MyKnowledgeGenie.)
(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.
Even with a free teleseminar, there are a lot of pieces that have to be organized, and it has to be promoted just as vigorously as any class for a fee (Twitter, Facebook, blog posts, communities, etc.).
It's one thing to "play hard, work hard," but you can't have it both ways when there are only so many hours in a day and so much energy to go around. I can't spend half my day goofing off, then complain when there aren't enough sales. Well, I can complain, but it's my tough luck.
Success Comes with a Price
Successful people are usually competitive, energetic, and passionate high-achievers. But unless there's some balance, unless I can temper my ambition with common sense, I risk burn-out and stress. Along with that comes grumpiness.
Then I start hating my boss… it's an ugly situation because I can't really stand up and quit. I haven't figured out how to slam the door and walk out on myself…
So, it's a good thing I love my job… and the boss-lady ain't so bad most of the time. 😉
It's Saturday and 4 a.m. here in Ajijic, and I'm up early to get a start on my day's work. I can get in 4-5 hours work before going off to play tennis.
Huey and Dewey, our Maine Coon cats, are fed and sleeping on my desk. The Hubby is snoozing. The sun's not up over Lake Chapala yet, but will be soon. All's well in my world…