What DO you hate about…. your job or your life or? Be honest, no matter what you are doing, there will be something you don’t like about what you do in life or as a job. Hate may be a bit severe a term, but there is certainly something you don’t like to do.
Why am I asking you this question? There is a very good reason for this. I have noticed that many people, when confronted with something that they don’t like to do, simply don’t do it. Take my case – I worked as an electrician for 30 years. This was a job that I didn’t really want to do, but there was nothing else available at the time I got into the job. I worked and trained with my father and, because I always want to be the best I can be, became very good at the job. I was lucky in some ways because our business was pretty diverse and meant that there were a lot of challenges that actually somehow managed to keep my interest, simply because I like a challenge.
As time went on I had further training that was vital to be able to keep trading and became very good at electrical testing. I had a reputation for having some of the best reports available, but there was one thing that really made me mad. The job was repetitive and was not interesting in any way for me. After the initial challenge of the new testing schedules, the job was so boring and, to be frank, was less interesting to me than watching paint dry. This testing project began to rule what I was doing. So much so that I HATED it with a passion. I didn’t want to get out of bed to go to do what was such a mundane task each day.
During this period of my life I had to constantly find new things to do that would spark some interest, but this didn’t last long because it became tedious and boring when I was doing the same things. After the initial period when I started and the tasks changed nearly daily, the projects were longer term and therefore I didn’t feel challenged and therefore I got bored.
My friend who also trained with me and saw my development into this “testing icon” was confused because he likes what he does and didn’t understand why I was so miserable when I can earn good money from doing this job. He asked me “what do you hate about this work then?” When I told him how I felt, he was still baffled but now understands why I had to give it all up. Failed business, nothing to challenge me, nothing to make me want to go to work and so on.
What is my passion to prevent “What do you hate about….”
My passion is to entertain and also to work with people to help them to be successful, so that’s why I now do what I do. There are things I don’t like to do as much as others, but these are essential to my progress. Marketing is key so I had to think about the following:
If what you don’t particularly like to do is vital to your marketing, you have three choices. You can ignore it and suffer the consequences of not doing it, you can just get down to it and get it done, OR…there is a final choice that, in my opinion, is the best choice of all. You can outsource the task. Hire somebody to do it for you if it’s something that you can’t stand…especially if it’s going to make you more money in the long run.
Now obviously, you have to sit down with a calculator and figure out if it’s worth paying somebody to do the work for you. For example, let’s say you HATE article writing but you’ve heard that it can be a very good way to earn an income through marketing your products. Well, if it’s going to cost you $3 per article to get it written and each article you market out there brings in $25 on average, doesn’t it make sense to have somebody write those articles for you? Now, if it was reversed, and each article cost you $25 and only MADE you $3, well, then it doesn’t make any sense to hire a writer. With the presence of fiverr you can get almost anything done for just $5, so this becomes easier to get sourced, You need to be careful that you check everything to start with because there is no point in having poorly written content as this will be detrimental to your business.
By looking at the things that you don’t like to do and evaluating the profit that can be made should you outsource those things, you can end up making a lot more money than you are now simply by hiring somebody else to do the job.
Or…you can do what I do.
Consider – what do you hate about your current situation and think of the future you could have by doing what you love. Then you will do what is necessary to progress your business so you can then outsource these tasks and do what you are truly happy to do.
To the future,