Authorpreneur's Journey

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The Pain of Progress


That ache you feel in your muscles, in your mind, in your soul is not illness. It is an awakening. It is progress. It’s telling you things are changing for the better.

Continue to do those things that are out of your comfort zone. It is you growing as a person, an artist, a human being. Do them long enough until they become your new habit, your new way of living. Do it until this becomes your new comfort zone.

Then begin to do new things outside of your comfort zone…

The Religion of Politics


On Facebook, YouTube, mass media and everywhere you look people are shoving the religion of their political beliefs down everyone’s throats.

The fact of the matter is, no matter how many times you post, grandstand and argue, most everyone has his or her mind already made up – and nothing anyone says is going to change it.

The only thing it serves to do is cause division and derision among family and friends.

Employee vs Contracting


The recruiter said, “Of course the pay isn’t as much as you get working on contract, but the benefits and perks are great.”

After a very good initial interview, that one line stuck in my head. Then my analytical mind took over.

On average, in a six-month contract, I make almost as much as most full-time employees do in a year. In 9 months, I do as well as some execs. No, I don’t get any benefits, and it often takes 3 to 5 months to find a new good paying gig.

Because I won’t settle for anything less than what I think I’m worth.

Why does it take me that long? Because I won’t settle for anything less than what I think I’m worth. I have turned down dozens of jobs because the pay was too low, or I was over-qualified for the position.

As a contractor you are paid better than average and rightly so. Additionally, you get to go to new companies or divisions, learn new skill sets and expand others, all while meeting new networks of people and gaining valuable experience.

However, between contracts there is no money other than the paltry unemployment my state has. Even when you are working if you need to take time off to see the doctor, get your car worked on, or take a holiday or vacation – it costs you money. You are only paid for the time you are there working.

Then there is the process of having to look for a new jobs, working with recruiters, and going on interviews. The upside is you get used to this. For most folks looking for work and going on interviews is an anxiety producing fear factory to them.

Over the past 10 years, I’ve applied for hundreds of jobs, and there are three dozen versions of my resume.  I’ve had more than 60 phone interviews and been on at least 30 face-to-face interviews – half of those involved having to go to separate two and three rounds of meetings on different days.

So I’m a seasoned veteran of contract work, and job hunting. On the rare occasion I feel a little apprehension. On the whole when I go to an interview, I’m relaxed, comfortable and feel in control. During the interview process I either meet a series of people in one-on-one exchanges, or I can end up in a conference room with as many as five people peppering me with questions and grilling me with scenarios.

Why do I feel calm and in control?

Because the stakes for me are not that high. Either I get the job or I don’t. This is not life and death. If I like the sound of a job and get a good vibe from the people I’ll potentially work with, I will do my best in the interview to get the job.

If I don’t get it, I know there is always more coming to the market and I will get one of them. I’ve lost out on many jobs in which I was interested. I got used to it and no longer go through the whole crippling disappointment part of it. I’ve adapted the attitude:

Some will some won’t – so what – next!

Since I keep in the habit of always looking at what’s out there, it just becomes a numbers game. Keep playing and your odds increase.

As much experience as I have in job searching and interviewing, it is tedious and it gets old very fast. As they say in the State Employment Security, “When you’re collecting unemployment, your full-time job is finding a full-time job.”

People typically like to take a job doing work they are good at or enjoy. I may be good at looking for a job, but I don’t enjoy it.

Taking a full-time job “with benefits” can cost me about $1,500 (which is a pretty big hit) in monthly net income, but I can work to build from there earning promotions and raises, and enjoy paid time off (PTO).

I wonder if the decrease in income (and quality of life) would finally prompt me to get off my ass and build the side business I’ve been thinking about, to earn some supplemental income. This very well could be the kick in the ass I need to get me going.

Writing Every Day and Deadlines

Happy Leap Day, February 29th


Now that my network issues have remarkably resolved themselves, I can once again post to this blog.

Even though I haven’t been online since last Friday, I’ve been writing every day. I’ll have to post the handwritten notes I kept later on.

Not only did Hugh Howey talk about the importance of blogging every day in his Guaranteed Success Writing Plan, but so did Seth Godin in his recent interview with Tim Ferris. After only two weeks of writing every day, I get it.

  1. It gets me back in the habit of writing. It sets me up to feel bad if I don’t do it, like there’s something unfinished, incomplete.
  2. It gives me the sense of having to meet a deadline. I am used to deadlines in the corporate world. Whether they are real deadlines, or just arbitrary ones set up “just because,” they do work. Having a deadline gives you a sense of urgency to get things done before time runs out. The mind perceives that if it doesn’t get a task done in time, there are negative consequences involved.

That negative consequence? A feeling of failure.

Nobody likes to feel like they’ve failed, especially when they knew it was an easy deadline to meet. Failure is not a good feeling. We also know deep down that making excuses is just a lame way to cover up that feeling of having failed.

The combination of writing every day and meeting a deadline is a great habit muscle to build – especially if I’m working to be an Authorpreneur.

The Choices We Make

I have a friend who is a very good and decent person…and I can’t help but feel bad for my friend. After my friend left my house recently, someone else I know saw my friend in a store picking up a few things, This person told me my friend, “looked incredibly sad.”

My friend didn’t give that impression when they were at my house, but knowing their very tough situation, it’s plausible. This friend deserves better, but most of the decisions and choices my friend has made has led to where this person is now – as it has for most of us.

How do you help a person who makes a lot of poor choices? Propping them up only enables them more than helps them. It comes down to the parable of showing them how to fish instead of just handing them one. But where do you start when they have a negative mindset and blame circumstances instead of the choices they make?


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