For me, there are fat months and there are lean months.
Obviously, for the fat months I make sure resources are utilized well: saving, investing, and sharing.
What do I do with the lean months? I stay at home and take the role of a hermit.
Paula the Hermit, now that’s a sight.
Kidding aside, I have always been a staunch believer in putting my money where my mouth is.
Truth: Money comes and goes. For me, money has always been a tool, a resource, if you must. There is also truth that money puts food on the table, pays the bills, etc. But as much as possible, I don’t let these things get to my head or it will consume me.
If I can’t afford it, or if there is inner turmoil from my end, I don’t pursue a money-making endeavor anymore.
I believe I am quite generous with my time and resources. I try to share them as much as I can, sometimes even at a loosing end. There also comes a time that my generosity results in a deficit by the end of month. But I don’t regret my actions as long as they foster positive relationships as a whole.
I invest not only in monetary vehicles but in people as well. My biggest asset? My relationships. I make sure that my relationships (professional or otherwise) are all well taken care of, after all, they are the very people who bring me opportunities.
So sometimes, it just burns me when a good client or potential prospect deems me unreliable or unprofessional. I really take it to heart. If I can’t deliver, I might as well end the professional relationship there.
I can be very hard on myself sometimes, especially if I get a disappointing email from a valued client/colleague.
I make it a point to walk my talk. However, especially for the recent weeks, there were circumstances that were beyond my control. Currently, I am working on four separate accounts, all in four different industries! One of them holds the biggest part of my income. But nonetheless, I try to be fair to everybody, giving them my time, resources and talents. But sometimes things don’t work out, even if I work till the wee hours of the morning, things will not always go according to plan.
More than the fear of loosing potential income, I am also scared of loosing the confidence and trust people have in me. My name is one of the things I highly value in this business. Aside from my relationships, my professional reputation is one of my biggest assets.
So what’s the difference between professional and personal affairs? For me, there is none.