When Employees Get Paid to Decorate
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?