Wednesday, June 24, 2009
“Work for yourself, not by yourself” -Blankspaces.
The concept and practice of collaborative work has played a central rol in my life. So when Sheila brought this quote to my attention, I immediately got excited.
I was taught that work was something you did to get ahead in life. Work to do your chores so that you can have a nice house. Work at school to get a better job. Work at your work so you can make money. It was a job and a job was work. It wasn’t until my work outgrew my job that I began to actively engage the idea of being self-employed.
The schedule, the freedom, the satisfaction, the endless opportunity are just a few reasons why I love working for myself. However, it also presents a hundred different challenges too. I had tons of vision, but struggled with my focus, When I had my focus, I struggled with organization. And this is where my work met the collaborative process: in this frustrating, cluttered workspace that was my head at the time.
Sharing a workspace, and eventually our work, with each other, seemed the natural process for all of us. However, very quickly we realized the space we had created was a powerful one.
If I have learned nothing else in life, I have come to understand that whatever energy I put into a task reflects almost exactly what I get back. If I had any doubt of this before I quit my last job, my experience with self employment has wiped it away. (I know why I didn’t get the clients - I did not make the calls.)
The primary focus of the group has always been our work and although we all do very different things, we had our Work and the intense desire to succeed in common. The group became a magnifying glass, my energy plus... plus Sheila, plus Kaye, plus Elizabeth. And I began to get that energy back.
Our group has become an invaluable resource and a transforming experience. Through our common commitment to being self employed, we have been able to reach our individual goals and complete tasks that seemed insurmountable in the past.
Work for yourself, not by yourself. Tap into a community of like-minded individuals and in the process receive better definition, focus and balance for yourself.