I recently had a client who was seemingly very self important. Figured he could control me by offering more money or by controlling certain situations and being wasteful of my time. It made the hair on the back of my neck stand up in ways it hadn’t since my days working for big 4 star ad agencies.
I left “corporate” world long ago and can’t imagine putting myself in a position of that kind of oppression again. The beauty of where I am now is that I choose to work with people that are like minded, driven, and appreciative of wanting balance in their work and personal lives. It promotes a camaraderie that makes each party WANT to help the other, and the results of the work are far better because of the collaboration.
I was watching an old episode of White Collar while thinking about this client and it struck me funny when Mazzi summed up my thoughts perfectly. He said “As long as I don’t live off anyone else’s time or dime, I’m free. I can do what I want.”
I never want to be someone else’s employee ever again. There is no dollar amount that would make it worth while to have to conform to someone else’s schedule, no dollar amount for giving up the chance to be Class Mom, no dollar amount to turn down working with my husband every day. Adam and I can do this on our own. And although it can be a crazy kind of lifestyle, we are free.