What do you do when you work for a B@stard … and you’re self-employed!

I meet a lot of self-employed people and business owners in my work and often see them imposing all sorts demands and “I must”s on themselves, and perhaps often putting up with things that they would never accept from another boss. The pattern of my work tends to be either flat out or a bit quiet and that can be very stressful.  I remember clearly realising one day that if I couldn’t enjoy the quiet periods and make them productive and positive then I was on the wrong path.  Otherwise my life would just be made up periods of  worrying and stressing when I had little work and then stressing because of the high demands when I did!  It really was a moment of enlightenment for me. 

When you work from home it is easy to always be at work and smart phones and laptops make this worse.  You can be beavering away in the heart of the family and mistakenly thinking that you are ‘present’.  I’m all for flexible working and working when the Muse is upon you, even if that is 4 in the morning, but don’t forget why you are working and remember to smell the roses along the way and make the most of the flexibility and freedom that this gives us.

If you are being a b@stard boss, chances are you aren’t being much of a father or husband either…

“By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day.”  Robert Frost

“If you think your boss is stupid, remember: you wouldn’t have a job if he was any smarter.”  John Gotti


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