In 1970, Alvin Toeffler wrote about ‘Future Shock’ but I think seismic changes at the structural level happened dramatically in the last few years. We are forced to change and move on with the times, I think, or face the alternative: suffer stress and dissatisfaction arising from the disconnect.
So many people are doing it now – walking away from conventional employment to build their own dreams. You either have the courage to build your own dream or get paid to build someone else’s dream. If you are happy being an employee, then stop reading now.
But if you have always had a yen for being your own boss, there is no better time than NOW. Because there’s a certain safety in numbers: from the explosion of start-ups, new businesses have sprouted up to support new entrepreneurs. It has never been easier or more realistic to be one’s own boss because of the support infrastructure that now exists.
If someone had told me a year ago that at the age of 48, my office will be in a hip start-up building, I would have laughed outright. I was conventionally educated at University of Manchester and Oxford University, had a blue-chip career, but ….
I dreamed of being a novelist.
My first non-fiction book, The Kundalini Yoga Cookbook, was published by a big publisher. I know I was lucky to be published, but it wasn’t a satisfactory experience for me. With empowerment brought on by the changing times, it is no longer satisfactory for me to ‘work’ for a faceless publisher.
So last year, I took a U$90 online writing course and am in the process of writing my first fiction, Catching Infinity, about a grown-up Alice Liddell who is trying to navigate her life with mathematical principles that she learned in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass rather than love, kindness and humanity. I have not begun thinking about the marketing strategy yet, but here’s a great article about three women who sold over 300,000 copies of their books on their own steam.
The possibilities are endless, and I am so excited by what’s happening in my life. Anna, the business brain of Bumblebee, will be starting a business networking group early in 2016, and who knows, there might be enough interest to start something for people who have always wanted to write. There is a story in every one of us. Yes, I could have sat at home to write my novel, but there is something so alive about going to this space and being surrounded by the energy of creative, happening folks!! We are trying to create a virtual place like that here.
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What my working day looks like when I am not at the Lightbulb, Wandsworth:
Related article: https://lifego.me/2015/12/23/rise-of-entrepreneurship/
(Posted by Jacqueline)