When Employees Get Paid to Decorate

Photo by Mel Poole on Unsplash

On my way out of town for Thanksgiving last November, I was at the Southwest check-in counter and saw one of the agents cheerfully walking by with a box of decorations for the Christmas display he was working on.

I didn’t think much of it until I was working on our own tree.

“Must be nice to be paid to decorate,” I suddenly found myself thinking.

I wish I could say it was the first and last time I’ve had that thought, but it’s not.

When I started this business, I underestimated how many things I would be doing without being paid for them.

I used to get paid to:

  • Check my email

  • Make my to do list

  • Go to team meetings

  • Figure out why my computer’s blitzing out

It was nice to know that when I was on the clock, I was making money. Those days are gone.

Nobody’s paying me for those things anymore, and it has been a tough mental shift.

BUT (and oh what a great BUT it is)

I’ve signed up for something much better.

Here’s what we get the opportunity to do when we work for ourselves:

  • Create assets that pay us over and over and over again

  • Build teams that also get to benefit from what we’ve built, and who benefit the company with their work

  • Claim the freedom to decide when, and how, and where we work (so we only have to build the Christmas display if we really want to)

  • Design a company that can run itself, liberating us from exchanging time for money altogether

What’s been the hardest shift for you in adjusting to a new way of living and working?




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