It is always helpful for me to revisit my Rules of Work to ensure that I am staying true to myself.
Having recently turned my career on it’s head by walking away from my corporate life to pursue my dream of having a job that aligns to my values as a Dad, it is important that I don’t lose sight of what I want to gain through being my own boss.
I am currently in the process of fleshing out what forms Ideas4Dads will take in terms of helping other Dads be the best they can be.
Whilst incredibly exciting this is also very daunting.
My passion is to help other Dads to be even better and there are a number of ways I can do this.
One way is through this blog, writing about my experiences as a Dad and about issues that I hope other Dads will find useful and ispiring.
Anyway the focus of this post is to record in black and white my own Rules of Work to ensure I remain true to myself:
- Be my own boss – although I appreciate I am not the second coming of the Messiah, I do want to be responsible for my own destiny as much as possible by being my own boss. As an employee no matter how hard you work you can have the rug pulled from you at any minute due to decisions beyond your influence despite working your hardest.
- Be present in my children’s (and wife’s) lives and never miss another important event – the last few years have been incredibly stressful work wise and it has taken a serious toll on both my my relationship with my children and my wife. No more. Through sticking to these rules I very much hope I will be a much more present Dad and husband.
- Do something meaningful through helping others – for me my purpose in life is to help others and have a positive impact on both their lives and their family. Through the medium of Ideas4Dads I hope to help inspire Dads in their quest to be an even better parent.
- Be able to work flexibly – this is absolutely key for me. I want to be able to work anywhere in the world, and at times of my choosing. There is something very liberating about this that I find incredibly appealing.
- No commuting – having spent the last 7 years traipsing up and down the country I refuse to waste any more time driving or being on a train. Apart from it being exhausting, it is such a waste of time. It is my intention that my work is digitally driven that enables me to work from home/coffee shops/the beach etc.
- Time for exercise & hobbies – maintaining a healthy balance and doing exercise is very important to me. I hold true to the mantra of healthy body – healthy mind.
- Not tie myself into things – having had a number of horrible experiences where I have been tied into business situations I will absolutely ensure that I never tie myself down to something and must always have the option to be able to walk away.
- Don’t work with arseholes – following on from the above I refuse to work with arseholes. I don’t know if I have been unlucky in my career in attracting arseholes and then being forced to work with them but I refuse to do so moving forward.
- Don’t work weekends or Fridays – although this will not happen in the short term but is certainly something on my medium term goals.
What are your rules of work?
How do you know when you are veering away from them?
As always it would be great to hear from you with your comments below 🙂
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