With apologies to David Letterman…
10 – MONEY - Can lead to Financial Independence. It ultimately did for me.
9 – PLACE - Choose your own work location. Worked out of my home for the past 30+ years, and must say I really enjoy the commute. The view from the patio is nice too.
8 – TIME - Set your own schedule. Never did like the idea of 8 to 5. Or worse, never liked the idea of unpaid overtime. Much better to be PAID for working on a panic project.
7 – SECURITY - Can’t be fired. Took two layoffs to figure this out. Real security is having multiple “bosses” — no single client can put you out of business.
6 – SATISFACTION - Do some good, have some fun, make some money. ‘Nuff said.
5 - INDEPENDENCE - Call your own shots. Stop cleaning up messes made by others. As a minimum, you at least have the fun of making the messes in the first place.
4 – LEADERSHIP - Be a leader, not a follower. Be the captain of your own ship, even if it is just a rowboat. Besides, little rowboats can often go where the big boys can’t.
3 – LEGACY – Make the world a better place. Leave the world better than you found it. Like teaching, your counsel and advice may well outlive you.
2 – LIFESTYLE - No need to conform. Work when you want, where you want, and as much or as little as you want. You can even wear goofy hats!
1 – FREEDOM - That is what really drives Uncle Daryl. Rule your world! Do it YOUR way!
Upon reflection, these top ten rules apply to almost ANY small business!
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