I was reading my aggregated feeds the other day, when what do I come across? A post by Paul Murphy that quoted one of my posts… I have to admit that it was a little weird coming across something like that. Generally, I have always gone into this blogging thing as though no one reads my ramblings… Apparently there are some listeners, though. I honestly have no clue who reads this, and I think I’m better off not knowing.
Anyway, so it was pretty cool to read Paul’s take on what I had written. I think he meant to call me a closet owner, rather than a closest owner, but maybe I’m mistaken. How he summed up what I was trying to say, was pretty close to what I’ve been thinking. I’ve always felt in one way or another that I’m not really cut out for the regimented daily routine. I’m not saying that I can’t work for 12+ hours a day (length of time doesn’t really matter), but I wouldn’t be doing that on an assembly line. I can definitely see pouring my heart and soul into something that I truly believe in. At the same time, each day that passes is another that I’m not completely owning my environment.
I have sort of been lying low with the idea of becoming self dependent, with the hopes that I will come up with an idea that I know will work. As I read more, though, it seems as though there are different ways to go about that. Rather than trying to come up with a specific nitch or product, I like Paul’s recommendation with coming up with a direction. I’m not a big fan of using the term goal – I think that they limit you to some degree.
I do like the points Paul brought up relating to owners mentality:
- Owners’ mentality says, "I can get someone else to do it for me."
- Owners’ mentality says, "I can find a better way."
- Owners’ mentality says, "I’m right even when I’m wrong, because I KNOW so. (flat-earthers were ‘right’ in their day)"
- Owners’ mentality says, "I can do whatever I put my mind to because I can."
- Owners’ mentality says, "I can. I can. I can. I can."
- Owners’ mentality says, "It’s my fault when things go wrong, even when someone else did it for me."
- Owners’ mentality says, "No matter what, I will not fail. When I don’t succeed, I will try again."
- Owners’ mentality says, "Teamwork is a bunch of people doing what I say."
I want to thank Paul for offering any mentoring about this subject. I’m sure I’ll take advantage of that as the need arises, or if I find myself in a slump.
As a side note, I think that it’s pretty cool to be communicating across blogs like this. It’s sort of like loosely coupled forum topics/posts 🙂
Btw, feel free to call my Jim, James, or any derivative of the name 🙂 I usually go by Jim, but sometimes it’s different for certain situations/people…