We’ve talked about this before but it really hit home for me today. One of the things I love most about working for myself is that there is really no one to tell me what to do. My favourite part of THAT is choosing who I want to work with. I know, for others in business, that makes them happy too. Even if it means you have to let one go, sometimes. Because, when you spend so much time doing your job, isn’t it best to spend time with people you actually like?
For me, that’s non-negotiable.
As the boys filled me in on their weekend (It was a wild one, apparently. Sorry I missed it.) I felt good. The stories made me laugh and the banter is something I choose not to live without. Then I got home and received messages from clients who are now friends. More stories, some responses, but lots of fun and friendship.
There’s something bonding about knowing the ins and outs of someone’s business; it brings you closer together. Not just that, but it’s bonding when you have a shared experience and business is like that. Maybe for you, it’s having kids the same age, or playing on the same Basketball team.
But it’s not just those people. It’s the ones that cross my inbox and the people who want to utilise the blog for some kind of promotion. I choose every single one that I allow into my life, now. I won’t work with brands that make unreasonable demands of me. I turn down more bad fits than I used to be offered in a year. Every step of the way I get to choose my partners in creating my business, and by extension my life.
I want to count on those around me.
Doing business is hard enough, surrounding yourself with great people is important. People who deliver when they say they will and appreciate what you do. And, importantly to me, aren’t afraid to say so. Who value their word and say what they mean and stand by that. It’s an entire thing. I might not always make good choices in business and in life, but when all is said and done, I know what I need and what makes me happy.
It’s like we were talking about on the Facebook Page last night; I’m creating my life. One piece at a time. And don’t you think that choosing the people you spend the majority of your time with is the perfect way to do that? I do. That and the cooking thing. I really need to cook more actual meals so I’m not living on crap. Oh, and procrastinating… I mean, I could do without that too.
So take a look around, who are the people YOU spend the most time with, are they adding to your life? Are they making it better in some way? Do they bring you joy? To rip off that organising lady. I hope they do. I hope even the ones that get on your nerves and let you down sometimes do.
You deserve good people; YOUR kind of people.
Chief Blogger at Suger Coat It; An Australian lifestyle blog for women who work for themselves. Melissa is a social media consultant & lover of stripes. Most weekends you’ll find her at the beach or home on the veranda kicking back. Around here, they call her Suger. Feel free to do the same.