Do Your Dishes

dirty dishes

I just realized something rather shocking.
I'll be doing dishes the rest of my life.

This is not the voice of some complaining three-year-old who's gotten fed up with family chores, -- I've heard those -- this is the realization of an adult, who understands that dirty dishes will be a part of my life till I die.

I grew up with a good number of brothers and sisters, so for me -- doing the dishes was not a quick and easy task. As a youngster it was the kind of chore that pretty much every one dreaded.

Ever looking for a quick and easy way to get the task done, I was apt to cut corners. Just like everyone else, that decision would usually come back to haunt me, when the next day someone, (usually Dad or Mom) would find dishes that were less than satisfactorily cleaned.

First question asked was, "Who did the dishes last night?"
Suddenly, my actions were exposed!

Looking back, it was good training. Not only does my wife appreciate my ability to whip through our stack of dishes with thoroughness, but the discipline has overflowed to other areas of life as well.

Running a freelance business is not really as glamorous as many people think.

From an outsiders perspective, there is freedom and flexibility. From an insiders perspective it's kind of like a little kid, left in the kitchen with a stack of dished that never seems to end.

It can be overwhelming.
It can be discouraging.

It can also be rewarding.

Most people I know are in business because they want to help other people. There are unending ways to do this -- but just like dishes, everyone must deal with the messy routines.

Bookkeeping
Marketing
Sales
Etc.

These may seem like meaningless tasks that must be repeated throughout the course of our life, but without them our lives would be a complete disaster.

It's Monday.
Another week.
Have at it.
Go do your dishes!

Social Media

Confession time. I don't have a single follower on my Facebook page.

In fact, just for fun, I just created it.

You're probably thinking that I'm crazy, as I'm a social media manager for other Facebook pages.

Truth be told, I don't care about being number one. I don't care about having a million follower (through I suppose it would be nice).

I just care about helping others grow their business.

Here's the deal.

For all the people that are sharing what they had for breakfast on Facebook, and posting picts of their afternoon activities on Instagram, and tweeting their wisdom on Twitter -- many people would just assume a life without the hectic pace of social media.

Or, perhaps... social media is an accurate reflection of life in general, and deep-down inside, people long for a simpler life style without all the complications that modern technology reveals.

I've casually picked up on people's dissatisfaction with both the hectic pace of social media and also the underlying lack of authenticity that so many people feel. "There's so much junk on the internet...", "There's so much to waste my time...", "It's mostly fake [not genuine] stuff..." These are a few of common sentiments that I've heard people mention casually in conversation.

The reality it, that social media won't go away.

As a business owner you can leverage your online presence to reach and help more people.

Most likely you didn't go into business to run a Facebook page. But don't give up so quickly.

Two words that I want to share with you.

Creativity.

Authenticity.

In other words, just be real. Don't get caught up with all the trends, but look for a meaningful way to boost the connection between your online presence and real world people.

Just ponder these two word for a month or so, and see how it might transform your perspective and practice.