In two months’ time I’ll have been in business for 10 years. Much of that time, I have worked on my own. It’s only recently I have collaborated with others which has been a positive step.
Being in business on your own can be lonely. I didn’t realise that until it was pointed out to me by a colleague some years ago. Recently I was asked how and what I did to keep going for 10 years on my own. I found the question difficult to answer at first and yet the question is still rolling around in my head over a week later.
It’d be pretty obvious to say there has to have been a lot of determination, perseverance, and aspiration. But even more than that, there is the belief this is what you are supposed to be doing. There are also those confidants who have guided, coached, and challenged me along the way.
I recently sat on an interview panel where one of the candidates explained her reason for applying for the role. The type of work is where she wants to be. She has found herself in other roles that weren’t challenging for her and did not allow her to be herself. She was missing the work she enjoyed. I totally empathised with her.
Some people are fortunate and they land in the profession that is perfect for them. Others may not have that fortune yet they know something is not right. They are longing for something else yet can’t put their finger on what it is.
It all comes down to understanding your purpose and where you add value in how you contribute. We can’t always find this on our own. Sometimes we need others to ask the right questions to help us find the way. We also need to grab the opportunities when they arise and face the fear, if any, head on.
‘We will either find a way or make one.’
– Hannibal Barca