The worst client I ever had pushed me to the limits of sanity. I’m not proud to say that I did reach a point where I was avoiding their phone calls. A cheap client who wanted everything for nothing and project creep was out of control. I reached a point where I just wanted to get the job finished, get the guy out of my hair and write it off as a bad experience, but it felt like it would never end. I found the client so demanding, difficult to work with and the project so soul destroying that I stopped building sites for clients for a few years after that.
I have been through several creative incarnations over the years, changing focus to keep chasing money and make a living. And, recently in the last 12 months I have been through massive personal change which has changed my whole outlook on life and by inclusion the work that I do. I have now begun to change my entire approach to ‘making a living’.
The secret of a happy life
I now realise that the secret of a happy life is found within enjoying the action of your work, what you are ‘doing’ in the moment. Not to be driven by awards, recognition or even money, that only serve to feed your ego. If you can get out of bed looking forward to your day and enjoy each moment of your day, with joy and humour, as you undertake your tasks, then you are a success. Material rewards are not a measure of success – they are merely numbers on a piece of paper. Your soul can only be satisfied by enjoying what it is ‘doing’ in each present moment. If you trade off a high wage for work you do not enjoy there is no pleasure in life to be found. Many high-earning CEOs and workaholic executives are living empty lives and are desperately unhappy.
It’s inevitable that you will have to accept projects, to pay the bills, that aren’t your dream brief or from your dream client; but, when faced with the mundane reality of business and life, how do you maintain enthusiasm, inspiration and motivation? [Read more…]