As entrepreneurs, we have this expectation put upon us of how things need to be done. A formula. Everywhere we go, this message is repeated that being your own boss means you have to constantly grow and expand, earn 6+ figures, have multiple streams of income. You always have to be coming up with a new idea, or launch a new product. If you’re not uncomfortable, you’re doing something wrong. You have to embrace the anxiety, the fear, the fast pace, the busy, the fame and followers. But to what price?
I’ve said it before, but I’ve always been a little different, and when I’ve made choices to fit into this box — opening a shop, making educational content, creating streams of passive income, using affiliate/referral links, etc — I’ve always had this nagging feeling that it wasn’t for me. But neither is a typical 9-5. I like having the freedom to make my own choices, and admit that I’m just not suited to work for someone else. I thought I had to choose between the two, but the truth is it doesn’t have to be a or b.
So I listened to my gut. I started fresh, focusing on creating something more intentional. I went back to my roots, to my passion, to photography and only photography.
I don’t want an “empire” (as the saying goes). I don’t want to be popular or rich. I don’t want to play the numbers game. I don’t want to hustle so hard that I’m continuously exhausted.
What I do want? To build relationships. To live slowly, simply, and quietly. To able to pursue my passions without fear or anxiety. To attract peace, love, and meaningful experiences.
If you’re feeling pressure as a small business owner to do things a certain way, like you have this box you need to force yourself to fit into, take a moment to reevaluate. Ask yourself what it is you really want. Throw away the rulebook and just do you.
Have you ever felt the pressure to run your business a certain way? Is there something you do differently?