Another basic rule and thought I have for everything… life or work… THINK BIG PICTURE! Remember this profession is a business and not your whole life. It is NOT who you are, but what you do right now. Most likely its just one chapter of your life. Most likely you will write many chapters in your life and they’ll only get better.
A few things you need to think about… First, take care of your health always. That goes for mental, physical and emotional. If your body tells you to slow down and rest… Do it! You have your whole life ahead of you and you need to take care of your health. Without good health, nothing else matters. Nobody stays young forever. Pace yourself… Life is a marathon and not a sprint.
Second, when conducting business… Think about how the job will help your big picture. Sometimes saying no thank you helps! Sometimes taking less, taking more or just taking the time to think will help. Don’t be desperate and try not act desperate. Sometimes a client will try to manipulate the deal, don’t be afraid to walk away. Ask yourself… is the juice worth the squeeze? Then move forward.
Last, save your money!!! Most likely you started this business cuz you wanted to make big money, easy money or just plain money! What ever the reason… Save your fucking money! For every dollar you make… Put one third towards you past. Pay off debts and any friends you borrowed from. Put one third towards your present. Pay your bills, live comfortably, but with-in your means! Buy want you need and NOT what you want. Last put a third towards your future. Put it away, save it, lock it up, invest it and just hold onto it. Someday you will be done with this chapter of your life and you wanna be able to move on and take good care of yourself while you decide what is next for you. Be smart and think about the BIG picture always!