I’m extremely fortunate to be doing something I love.
But when you’re so passionate about something, often your hand is not quick enough to pen down your ideas. You find yourself, net in hand, chasing your fluttering thoughts as if they were escaped butterflies. Butterflies you feel you have a right to catch.
That’s when you forget. Writing, for that’s what I do, is only one facet of my business. It’s how I earn my keep. And it’s the part of my job I love most. Except that I can’t do it all the time. I have to worry about clients, scouting them, courting them and keeping them engaged.
And that too, is only once facet. There are many facets to running a business. And like many other aspects of life and even life itself, it’s a juggling act. And you can’t afford to drop any balls. But you will. Because unlike a circus juggling act, you’ll drop a ball now and then, practice a little harder, add another ball and then you’ll drop another ball or two. And so forth.
I know. I dropped a ball very recently. It was a heavy one and I dropped it on my toe. I undercharged. Ouch. But not because I didn’t correctly assess the amount of time or work the project entailed. Rather, I didn’t anticipate that the client defined the project incorrectly. But I should have. Because it wasn’t the first time. Ouch.
My client is not the bad guy here. I’m sure the scope of the project they were handing me was unknown to them. As it was unknown to them the previous times. I was the one with the experience and it was up to me to assess the situation, write the terms into my contract and charge accordingly. I didn’t.
By three methods we may learn wisdom; First, by reflection, which is the noblest. Second, by imitation, which is the easiest, and third by experience which is the bitterest. -Confucius
I think I’ll go soak my foot now.