The glamorous life

…is not how I would describe self-employment.

I work 3 to 4 times harder than I ever did when I had a job. There’s no regular paycheck, no “job security,” and no real structure imposed upon my day.

The highs and lows experienced on a weekly basis are dramatic. Backflip-worthy victories and gut-wrenching setbacks.

I learn more in a week (leadership, management, engineering, marketing, and team-building) than I would learn in three months under different circumstances.

What’s the main reason I do it, though?

The freedom.

The freedom to win, and the freedom to lose.

I own my successes in my failures.

I take responsibility for my shortcomings.

I slay the dragon every morning or watch in horror as Resistance leaves me paralyzed.

I show up every day here on my blog and hone my voice.

I wage war, break things and make art.

And I wouldn’t trade my crazy life for anything.

Willie Jackson is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Consultant & Facilitator with ReadySet, a boutique consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a frequent writer and speaker on the topics of workplace equity, global diversity, and inclusive leadership. Connect on LinkedIn or get in touch.

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