In my last blog I talked about my fear or worry of not being financially independent after a cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
It has led me to discuss the meaning of paid work and being/becoming an entrepreneur. Whilst being financially independent is a nice place to be, what compromises do we have to make or are acceptable without affecting our mental and physical health?
After my cancer diagnosis treatment and recovery, I changed as a person. My values changed. My outlook about life changed. I became extremely passionate about helping cancer survivors / carers or anyone remotely concerned or connected to cancer.
I stated volunteering for a number of years, until, I began to have volunteer fatigue. How could I be volunteering, when I could not keep up with paying my bills?
I had to revert to what work I knew. Bills had to be paid. It was a no brainer.
Reinventing myself full time had to become a hobby in the first instance. It occurred to me, the process of reinventing oneself and following one's passion is not as easy as one thinks. It can become a silent challenge.
I would love to hear from you if you have been able to make the transition from being a paid employee to becoming self-employed entrepreneur. Or if you have tried, but, have had to return to being a paid employee.
Has this been the case for you?