I have discovered a great podcast series called “Explore Your Enthusiasm” by Tara Swiger. I really love her philosophy and enjoy listing to the podcasts while working on something else.
In her podcast from Mar. 29, she dove deeper into the question “Do you have a business or a hobby?” and something resonated with me.
According to her, right now, I have a hobby not a business and you know what? That is just fine by me. Really. I have 3 kids that depend on me for a lot of their daily things. My youngest is something else and needs mom, a lot! He will only be 3 once in his life and I want to be there for it. I do not want to be running around like crazy and getting myself sick… again. You know, been there, done that kinda deal. But, that won’t stop me from thinking about it and setting some stones for a great foundation.
At my MOPS meeting this morning, we watched a video called “Becoming…Seen”. Among other things, it talked about the fear of failure and the shame that comes with failure. I realized while listening to the video that there are a lot of new things or ideas that I like to think about, dream about, turn left and right in my head, but never actually try to do. Just like pretty much everyone, I hate failing. I do not like the feeling that comes with it so often, so I won’t even try.
What do these two things thing have to do with this post you may wonder? I have been wondering lately what is my goal? What is my why? Why am I doing this or that? Where am I heading with all these ideas? What will I do when all my kids are in school and more independent? I love being at home. I do not miss going to work everyday. But I cannot just sit day in day out and not do something. So it got me thinking. As I listened to this one podcast about having a hobby vs a business, the one thing that struck a major cord was this: The big difference between a hobby and a business is a vision. A business has a clear vision of where it wants to go and why it is. I am also sick of not going anywhere, of feeling like I am going in circles, that my life hasn’t changed really in the last 10 years. I do not want to be stagnant for the rest of my life. I need to try something, with the risk of failing.
So, since I do not have a business (yet), here are my first steps towards my vision for Triple N Acres:
- Creating a hobby farm that will provide for my family.
- Creating something fun and fulfilling for myself.
- Creating a business that will be there for me when my kids need me less.
- Creating a business that is flexible enough to adjust to my family’s needs.
- Allowing me to care for myself when my body and mind need me to.
So my vision would read something like this:
“Triple N Acres will be a hobby farm striving for self-sufficiency and fulfillment, both physically and mentally.”
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How about you? What are you failing at? What have you done lately to conquer that fear? What is your vision (personal or business). Please share in the comments below!
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