Are You Making a Living…or Making a Life?

“I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as making a ‘life’.”

~ poet & author Maya Angelou

I read something recently from an internet marketer who claimed that to be successful would take at least three years, and the reader should expect to not have time for anything else during the three years. No time for family, friends, vacations or even a day off.

As any good catalyst will do, this article got me thinking about what success means to me. It seems that to this marketer, “success” is defined mainly by how much money he makes – while for me, working 24-7 and ignoring everything and everyone else is another definition of insanity!

When starting your own business, there are two extremes to watch out for: claims that you can make “big money overnight, without lifting a finger!” and those that warn you success is only achieved by “working your fingers to the bone while sacrificing your health, relationships and happiness.”

Any business takes work, especially during the launch and growth phases…and it is absolutely possible to be engaged in building your business, while enjoying the process and making time for your other priorities. The beauty of being an entrepreneur is that you are not under the thumb of a boss, and can structure your business to fit with your life, not fit your life in the few hours left when you are not at a job.

Of course, it all depends on your personal values and vision…

What is your definition of success? Is it earning a million dollars, owning a big house, or driving a fancy car? Is it feeling more freedom to do what brings you joy, being with the people you love, and having the vibrant health to enjoy your life? Is it knowing you can easily support yourself financially, helping the people and charitable causes you believe in, and having resources for unexpected opportunities or challenges?

Many people are stuck in a rut of either a job they dread just to pay the bills, or in the cut-throat mentality of much of the corporate scene. By contrast, a conscious entrepreneur can design their work to be anything they want it to be, while living a life they love and making their own unique and valuable contribution to the world. You have a choice: you have the ability to create a conscious business, one that rises above the rest in quality, service and integrity; at the same time you are creating a conscious life, one of love, joy and meaning.

What will you choose?

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