For those who didn’t know, I retired from working for other people this past June (2022), and have been building my writing / creativity career since then.
This arrangement allowed me the opportunity to make the pleasant discovery that I am the best boss I’ve ever worked for.
I’ve also come to discover I am also the worst boss I’ve ever worked for.
I give myself plenty of time off to spend with family, to attend to personal issues, and to occasionally do nothing at all.
I make myself work through mealtimes, work through the night, and (the most unforgiving) get up early to get even more stuff done.
I expect too much from myself.
I cut myself too much slack.
Sometimes, I’m too inconsistent and unconventional.
Other times, I’m too rigid and predictable.
In all of this, I managed to discover something important: everything that happens to me is on me.
There is no one else to blame but me.
There is no one else holding me back but me.
And, as far as my alleged unconventionality vs rigidity…that’s just me being the exact type of boss at that time that benefits me. That has proven valuable to my goals.
It might still be too early to make this call, but I am the only boss I want to work for.
I might even nominate myself as Boss of the Year.
But it might be a bit weird having to pay for my own celebration.