I’m rarely at a loss for words, as those who know me personally can attest, but I’ve been at a loss for how to describe my hopes for this site. When I was called upon to introduce myself at Pam’s workshop here in Dallas, I punted. I didn’t talk about this site much at all, when it’s what really needed to be discussed. I spoke about the things I had figured out. I spoke about the work I’m doing with Paper & Chocolate, not my hopes for Cultivated Living.
I remember vividly the first time after passing the Texas bar exam that someone asked me what I did for a living. It was monumental and nerve wracking, but it was also simple and clear. “I’m a lawyer.” There’s nothing simple and clear about this explanation. It’s my avocation, and I don’t have it figured all out. I did know, however, that if I waited until I had it all figured out, I’d never do it! So it’s a work in progress…
While I wasn’t quite prepared to talk about it then, the workshop was the push I needed to start talking about it. There’s plenty more that I learned from reading Escape from Cubicle Nation and attending the workshop, but this has made a huge difference. Thanks, Pam!
I’m late in posting my book for last week, but it’s worth the wait! Plus, there’s two instead of just one.
Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur (*), by author and blogger Pamela Slim, and The E Myth Revisited – Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About it (*), by Michael Gerber (recommended by Pam).
Escape from Cubicle Nation is a roadmap to becoming a thriving entrepreneur, and The E Myth discusses the connection between who you are and how you run your business. I highly recommend both of these books.