What Does Going Self Employed Have to Do with Your Personal and Spiritual Evolution (Part 2)
Quite a long time ago now, when I was studying for my degree, one of the business course options was the cutting-edge subject of Human Resources (HR). (This was way before HR became the common label for a newly restructured personnel department attempting to look progressive!) Typically we looked at the performance of businesses, studying their financial documents, to ascertain the impact of their people issues. For example a company with poor sales may lack appropriately qualified, skilled or influential sales people, or have poorly qualified sales managers. We discovered any issue experienced by the organisation could be explained in terms of its people.
With this understanding it makes sense that, when this business is a solopreneur, a freelancer or a business start-up, the attributes of the business ARE the attributes of its owner. If your business has great sales, you have the right skills and mindset for sales. You may have hired someone with sales expertise or got some great advice but you were still the one who understood you needed that help and advice, who selected the right expert and who had the knowledge to appreciate and implement the advice that was relevant to you.
As well as the spectrum of different skills and understanding needed to run a small business, Self-Employment brings up key challenges for our personal and spiritual development. When we go Self-Employed, tasks that were straight forward when we worked for an organisation now seem more emotive, more personal.
How do you charge for your service? What are you worth? How do you stay true to your passions in the face of customer demands and criticisms? Are you clear on your agreements and do you stay focused to deliver? All these questions reflect back to us our personal and spiritual learning.
Some of these challenges may surface in your fears about going Self-Employed, some you will discover along the way and others won't be apparent until you experience their results.
Therefore those who ignore the personal nature of self-employment and attempt to keep business separate and 'objective' from their emotional life miss out on the deeper learning of this adventure and, I would suggest, limit their business' potential.
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