Courage, the Fridge and the Home Based Professional

My sense is that it is counter-intuitive to suggest that you need courage to be a home based professional.

Courage? To work in your jimjams? Courage, to take the afternoon off and not have anybody phone to find out where you are? Courage, to be able to raid the fridge just about any time of the day?

Well, maybe not those bits.

But you do need a degree of courage when your friends and family call by or phone up without notice and expect you to drop what you are doing and spend time with them. Courage to say, “Look, I’d love to talk with you but I’m working.”

You need courage when, not having a regular paycheck any more, you have to decide whether to take on the job that you know is not aligned with what your business was supposed to be about, but you are tempted to take on just because you need the money.

And you need courage when you’ve actually done three or four of those non-congruent gigs, promising yourself that “this one will be the last” and another comes over the horizon.

You need courage when you’ve been sick and you have to get back to work before you feel 100% and overcome the feeling that you are so far behind that you are not going to catch up.

What’s prompted these observations is not any particular test of courage that I’m facing right now.

Interestingly, given the role the fridge plays not only in my daily life as a home based professional – source of sustenance but also of distraction and temptation – the prompt came from a fridge magnet.

The magnet has been on the fridge door for months. It was only a day or so ago that I thought about the message on it in relation to working from home.

Without further ado, here is the message that will from now on probably seriously inhibit my “just one little snack to help me think/write/be creative” raids.

What is Courage?

  • Confronting the dragons
  • Overcoming the obstacles
  • Understanding the risks
  • Really living
  • Always believing
  • Going the distance
  • Expecting the best

And beyond checking my fridge raids, those sentiments should help me lift my game and take my business to a new level.

I particularly like “going the distance” and “expecting the best”.

So what gives you courage, on an ongoing basis? Care to share?

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  1. Des

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  2. Martin
    I agree about the Really Living. When I took the plunge, gave up the that regular paycheck as you say, I don’t know that it was consciously an act of courage, but it was about really living, so I guess there was courage in it. What I see now is how important it is to develop courageousness, i.e. the practice and state of “being in courage”, not just hoping to respond with courage when a challenge comes along. Courageousness is a higher order deal.

  3. I agree that the fridge can be a real temptation when you work at home. In fact, I hear it whispering to me right now and I am trying to drown out its siren call …..

    Seriously, though, it is a risky thing to chuck a paycheck. And in the early days that is pretty scary. But later on when you start to get money coming in “while you sleep,” as a result of the groundwork you’ve laid earlier, the feeling is incredibly motivating.

  4. Martin Neumann says:

    Inspiration from a fridge magnet??? 🙂

    Courage in this regards is going into the unknown – of not having a regular paycheck, taking your future into your own hands and having the courage to see it through to the end and essentially making something from nothing.

    For me, it’s also about Really Living.