How does it feel…

Great fortune cookie that I found at Burning Man

Great fortune cookie that I found at Burning Man

..to treat me like..well. This is not going to be about a New Order song. During the week I have met a lot of people who have asked me how it feels running my own business compared to being employed.

It is not easy to summarize, but if I try to put it in very simple terms I think that it comes down to this:

It feels like becoming an adult (again).

Well, I’m turing 45 in a couple of weeks and even though I do possess a large amount of playfulness, I think that I’ve been an adult for quite some time.

So what do I mean when I say that it feels like becoming an adult?

It boils down to responsibility. Not that I was (too) irresponsible before, but all of a sudden it is really up to you to do your very best to make a living out of all the experience and skills that have been gained and developed through out the years.

Of course I’ve felt a responsibility during my 20 years as employee, but when you have your own business there are no buffers. There is nobody to blame. If I don’t get any customers and deliver, I will not have an income. It is really that simple. I feel a strong responsibility to sharpen my skills in every area where it is needed. The payoff for improving something is direct and not something that takes an additional year after a couple of performance reviews and salary negotiations. The feedback is direct. Maybe a bit scary, but I really like it.

So back to the feeling of becoming an adult. I find it to be a very good feeling. It reminds me of when I went to Burning Man in 2013 and needed to fully prepare for a week out in a rather inhospitable environment. It required immense preparations at the same time also a playfulness.

Instead of pulling my resources together to survive a week in the desert it is to make a sustainable living. It is quite exhilarating and slightly scary at times.

I know that there will be good days and bad days and one of the greatest word of wisdom that I’ve received from many entrepreneurs is to remember to enjoy the ride.

It sure is an interesting ride.

/Kalle

Three things that I am grateful for:

1. The opportunity to attend and help out a little bit at the great festival Electronic Summer. Thank you Henrik, Sebastian, all the bands, volunteers and happy audience.

2. That the cats are cuddly.

3. That I’m feeling very excited to go to the office tomorrow morning.

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