In a recent conversation with one of my good friends and business colleagues, he said “Man you really define what it’s like to be a ‘Lifestyle Entrepreneur.’ ”
Up until this time, I hadn’t quite been able to define what I do for a living. I immediately went on a search for more information to try to find out how many more people out there defined themselves in this way.
First stop was a proper definition: A “Lifestyle Entrepreneur” is an individual that creates a business with the purpose of altering their personal lifestyle and not for the sole purpose of making profits. A lifestyle entrepreneur focuses more on the life rewards provided to people that enjoy and have a passion for what they are doing. There is a possibility that the business will do particularity well since the individual has a passion for what he/she is doing. (From Business Dictionary.com). I simply love this definition.
Then I went in search of books and blogs and found both from Jesse Kreiger whose built his life and business around this concept; very inspirational stuff indeed.
Here are a few of my own personal contributive thoughts around this wonderful way of living:
- No Mon-Fri 9am-5 pm job which usually ends up turning into a 7am-9pm plus a few working weekends aka (life Prison)
- Time for some serious contemplation
- Time for walks in the forest
- Time to kayak when it’s sunny out
- Time to go to the pub on a Friday afternoon and not return to work or a Tuesday afternoon for that matter
- Time to develop new ideas
- Time to call service providers to get better deals and keep an eye on personal finance
- Time to do personal administration
- Time to see all your children’s plays, performances, sporting events and teacher’s assessments
- Time to work on your investments
- Time to exercise
- Time to read and study/follow your personal interests
- Time to learn a new skill
- Time to write a blog or a book
- Time to travel for pleasure and new business opportunities
- Time to develop new projects and run tests for marketability
- Time for a long lunch or coffee break
- Time to keep abreast of local and world events
- Time to talk to your neighbor
If you work for someone else your time is not your time but their time and they have a right to direct your attention and energy towards developing their assets, not your own.
It’s definitely a life and career worth considering.
Dominic Kotarski is the author of international best-seller “The Making”. He writes, speaks, inspires, motivates and teaches on the most important aspects of your business including Sales, Coaching, Team-Building, People Management and Business Development. Get weekly access to his blog & training videos FREE by subscribing HERE! and when you sign up you will get Instant Access to his Sales Skills Training Video.