I’ll share a story that happened to me a few months ago.  So I started talking to this guy.  He was really cool, we hit it off, and then he asked the question that everyone asks, “Where do you work?”  And I enthusiastically explained what it is I do, both as an artist and as a Beachbody Coach.  I also mentioned that I had a goal of moving within the next year to two years so I am also pursuing a full time office job.  

All this guy heard was, “I’m a professional job hunter who’s doing whatever I can to pay the bills.” because in his corporate-minded state, anyone who doesn’t work ‘in an office’ or 'for someone else’ is lazy and unemployed.

He basically said, “So really, you’re unemployed and glorifying it?”   

Needless to say, the conversation didn’t go much further than that and we never spoke again.  This happens fairly often, surprisingly.  But you know what, I don’t let it get me down.  I don’t EXPECT everyone to understand what it is I do.  I don’t EXPECT everyone to realize that I may be working from home, but while their idea of “at home work” involves sitting in pajamas and watching soap operas all day while I play on Careerbuilder, MY idea of working at home is creating a strict, work heavy schedule.  My work day probably includes more work, more hours and more focus than you’ll ever have in your “office.”  Just because I’m not getting up and putting on a suit every day, dude, doesn’t mean I’m not working just as hard, if not HARDER than you every day!  I don’t clock out.  I don’t punch in.  I don’t have a cubicle, desk or window office.  I have just as much of a work load as you, I just have the luxury of doing it with passion instead of dread, the luxury of being able to do it in pajamas, jeans, or even a ballgown if I wanted to.  I have the luxury to work in my own home and not have to worry about morning commutes or blizzard weather.  I have the luxury of being able to take a day off if I need to!  I have the ability to decide at 3:00, “you know what, I’m going to take a break and go to Starbucks.”  I have the ability to mentally shut down at noon if I want to.  I also have the ability to decide “you know what, I don’t want to work today.”  I answer to no one but MYSELF.  

It’s not for everyone.  It’s not easy.  Anyone who tells you that owning a home business is easy and you can just sit back and watch the money roll in is lying to you.  It’s hard work!  You will probably work harder and put in more hours than most people you know.  You will constantly be fighting people like dude up above who don’t understand what it means to be pursuing your dream.  You will go through ups and downs, and you may not have a reliable, consistent salary for a long time!  It’s hard work, and it’s not for everyone…definitely not for anyone afraid of actually doing WORK, but for those of us who have a passion for what we do, for those of us who can’t imagine being stuck in a cubicle 40+ hours a week staring at a computer doing work we don’t like or even understand “just for a paycheck,” it’s WORTH IT.  

If you want to own a business, GO FOR IT.  And don’t let the negative views of others get you down.  Not everyone will understand what you’re doing, support your vision, believe in your dreams or even believe that you’re working.  People will talk, they will try to make you feel stupid, they will try to justify their views in their own minds by cutting down yours.  God did not grant them your vision, creativity or power.  The next time someone tries to cut you down for trying to PURSUE YOUR DREAM, no matter what that may be…realize that, ok?  These are YOUR dreams.  no one else HAS to understand them!

Sometimes people take things ENTIRELY too literally.  They spend their energy trying to explain “how incredibly offended” they are and totally MISS the big picture.  Don’t be that guy.  Take the message, not the literal representation of things.  

Good lord.

Anyway, I hope you all had a great holiday weekend.  I am NOT in the mood to go back to work today, but here I am, it’s morning, and I’ll be at my desk in about an hour.  Boo.

Started “The Master’s Hammer & Chisel” yesterday and yeah…I love it already.  Day 2 was this morning with “Hammer Plyo” and I’m basically dead.  In the best way.  Can’t wait to see the final results of this one! 

If you don’t like where your life is right now, where it’s headed or what’s happened already, you really have no one to blame but yourself.  Remember that we CANNOT control what life throws at us, but we are in COMPLETE control of how we react to our obstacles, how we move forward, how we learn from our mistakes and what happens from this second on.  Blame everyone else, go right ahead.  You know what you’ll find?  That while you’re busy blaming everyone else for your problems, the “good life opportunities” are going to be flying right by you.  Own up to your own responsibilities.  Make your own decisions.  Create your life.