I did. And I expect I will, again.
You know that I've been juggling work and Narrativity for a solid year now.
By day, I'm a legal executive in the financial services sector. By night (and lunchtime), I'm a blogger who blogs about blogging and personal branding.
That's what it says on my Instagram bio anyway. Like, Woooo, right?
I talk a big game.
While the company culture is the kind that doesn't take work home, it's still a high-stress environment. And the last thing I want to do when I get home is open my laptop and write.
There are "seasons" when I'm so physically and mentally gone that I'll reach home at 8pm and go to bed at 9pm, after taking care of basic hygiene. And dinner. (I never skip dinner)
Even during my "productive seasons", it takes a huge effort to write anything.
That's why sometimes you'll get my newsletter at 11pm, 12am... Because I just finished writing it then.
But you know what? I really, really appreciate this period of my life.
How your dayjob will help your future business explode with awesomeness
If your dayjob sucks, it sucks. I'm not arguing with you on that.
But the stars started aligning, meteors started showering when I started to think of my employer as a business.
The company = BUSINESS.
WAIT A MINUTE. WHAT CAN I LEARN FROM THIS BUSINESS?
- If the company that you're working for is successful, what can you learn about running a successful company?
- If the company that you're working for is doing badly, what lessons can you take from its mistakes?
Even if your passion / future business is in a whole different industry, there's a lot to learn.
For example, I discovered how important Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are to a business and how to create them.
Even a small-timer like me needs to have an established routine for doing things (like for sending this newsletter) so that I don't waste time jumping from one step to another
If you're planning to fly solo rather than set up a big company later on, you can always scale the strategies down so that they make sense for you to put into action.
How your passion makes you a more kick-ass employee
This newsletter is my 100th newsletter. HECK YEAH!!! (I'm saying this in my best bro voice)
After writing 100 newsletter and many other things, you betcha I got me some skills.
- I know how to explain my points clearly so that readers can understand them easily
- I know how to use words and phrases that gets readers to pay attention
- I know how to relate to readers rather than being (too) syok sendiri.
All these 'know-hows' DEFINITELY help me do a better job. I send emails to anyone and everyone during office hours and you bet I have to know how to communicate stuff.
My point is, skills are transferable. Skills are versatile. You can apply them in different situations, in different industries.
If you've been freelancing on the side and have experience dealing with difficult customers, that's gonna help you deal with co-workers. Bosses. The company's customers.
Who can say No to shining a lil' brighter at the workplace?
Ohohohohoho. Don't get me wrong.
Juggling work and passion can still be a pain in the butt (and other body parts. Like my back. My back always hurts).
But you are NOT wasting your time. You're always learning learning learning, and that's always awesome.