This is what The Venturous Life is all about. “Wanderers”. What a beautiful short film to get you ready for the weekend. Enjoy.
The average person sits in traffic for over 40 hours a year. As someone who lives in LA it often feels like I accomplish that milestone in a week.
While many people may fill that waiting time with podcasts or listening to the radio from an entrepreneurial standpoint I wonder what can be done to harnass all that collective brain power that is sitting there being wasted.
The same thought could be applied to all those people who are standing in a cue at an amusement park, or movie theatre or anywhere with long lines that cause us to pass the time. Instead of filing them through like cattle and trying to keep them entertained with advertisements to buy products is there a technology or resource that could be harnessed to focus their attention on something else besides waiting that helps the greater good?
Are there questions we can ask? Are there measurements we can take? What problems could be solved by all those people just waiting? Is there a technology that could be developed to utilize a nearly captive audience?
Something to think about…
We’ve all seen it or experienced it, the moment when we put our back to a wall and someone places a ruler on our head and makes a mark indicating our height.
When you’re a kid this usually happens once a year and if you have friends or siblings you get to see how you measure up to the peers in your life. Are you taller than your brother? Did your friend Tommy have a growth spurt? We all want to be the tallest marker on the wall. We want to hear that ‘atta boy’ when we show progress in our growth.
Staying the same or watching others pass us by is not a good feeling. It begins to be reinforced in us that height is good and our progress isn’t good enough.
These feelings of inadaquecy carry into the rest of our lives. We got a B+ after studying hard but someone else got an A and we feel like a failure. If we work just a few more hours at our jobs we can get a little more money to make us feel more secure or happy. Whatever emotional high it is we’re chasing.
True internal peace comes when you no longer chase after the atta boys and seek to get the approval of others on your accomplishments. You just do things the best you can and you don’t tie your value to your peformance.
When Jesus is getting baptised in the river and God speaks out and says “this is my son, I’m pleased with him.” Its not at the end of his ministry after he’s done everything, but at the beginning before he’s done anything that God speaks this over him for all to hear. God is saying, I value him and its not based on his effort but on who he is inside.
The great lie in society is that in order to have value you must do something that matters. The great truth that counters that lie is that your value comes from within. You are enough. God already finds pleasure in your existence. So take a deep breath and rest.
We live at a point in time when being an entrepreneur has such a sexy romantic image attached to it that a lot of people consider themselves to be entrepreneurs when they really aren’t.
An entrepreneur is someone who has built a business that is bigger than themselves, that makes money when they sleep, and where they can even spend their time on hiring people to do jobs, so they don’t have to.
A freelancer is someone who trades work for money and does it on a variety of different jobs. I can tell you from experience there’s pros and cons to both.
Now, a freelancer can do entrepreneurial activities but if a freelancer hasn’t created a system or business around their work then they aren’t really an entrepreneur.
For centuries, artists, pastors, businessmen and women were out traveling the country going from job to job. Being a freelance musician or artist was pretty normal. Occasionally someone would hit the jackpot and land a job at a church or a court where they could have access to endless resources to create but typically it was feast or famine. This meant you had to be good at your craft in order to stand out.
However, once someone developed a school or publishing house or found some other way to generate income beyond their direct production on the individual item they became an entrepreneur. They had a business that was selling a service or product beyond their individual labor.
This is important because its easy to think that as a freelancer you’re building something sustainable but you’re not. If you get sick or stop working the money stops coming in. You need to supplement your creative activity with a viable business that can support your other creative work.
J.S Bach had a small publishing company he ran with his son. This was on top of all the other work he was doing.
Countless renaissance artists had schools where they taught students their style of art, and it also gave them a good supply of apprentices to increase their level of production on bigger works.
Writers and playwrights opened theaters to showcase their works but also to generate income when they weren’t selling books etc.
If you are making a living as a freelancer, whether as a designer, musician, artist, etc., what are some businesses you can create that would provide a solid base of income while allowing you to continue performing and working on your craft?