Not getting paid, what a waste of time

will work for freeIf you are investing dozens of hours a week into people and projects without getting paid, how do you know it is worth the time?  If you are a professional and think of every hour as a “billable hour” or leader and think in terms of how much you make per hour, you are short sighted.

Think about the adventure of taking a good photo.

The camera has so many buttons and options.  How many do we take to get a couple good photos?  Seems like a waste to take 20 just to get 2 photos we want to keep and share.  Why should we work so hard on all those photos?  

And so goes the rest of life and business.  So much “unpaid time” for work that is unnoticed or thrown away.

Funny thing…. It isn’t long before we get 3 good photos, then 4… and then 5.  So I suppose it is an investment into “remarkable”.  And then… when National Geographic calls, we will be ready.  Or you are ready for the important event where capturing the moment with quality is essential to future marketing success.

And then there is dating.

People go on date after date… after date.  That date was a moron, and another was obnoxious.  The last date sang out of tune at dinner and embarassed me.  How many dates to find someone who gets you?  Are the many dates before someone says “its a waste”?  

We do what it takes.

That is what Jasmine Davis said:  ‘I wasn’t going to let anything stop me.’  

She was ready to invest and was not concerned about the “unpaid time”.  In fact she paid good money to attend Bates Technical College.  

Jasmine’s story is inspiring.  You will read about it in the Tacoma Tribune here.  Jasmine’s son Stephon has his own hurdles to overcome.

Stephon, now 7 years old, had a pediatric stroke that wasn’t diagnosed until he started to walk, which he did with a pronounced limp. The left side of his body had been affected, and part of the treatment was occupational therapy. 

“All the things he did in OT helped him. Then at 4 he had open-heart surgery,” says Jasmine. “Nothing stops him, so I wasn’t going to let anything stop me.”  (As I read the article, this is where I paused.)

—- “Nothing stops him, so I wasn’t going to let anything stop me.” were the words of inspiration.  Inspiration may be within arms length but not obvious.  

You will read in the article about how it wasn’t Jasmine who achieved her goal by herself.   “It was a village” – a tribe.

“There were times I’d get off work and go straight to school,” said Davis, a 1998 graduate of Foss High School. “My mom took care of Stephon and the baby (daughter), Sanaa. I’d go home at lunch to feed her.

“My teachers at Bates knew my schedule and understood that on Fridays I had to go to therapy with Stephon. They couldn’t have been kinder. They made what was hard seem easy.”

The village included anyone and everyone who believed in Jasmine’s cause.  They did not get paid to adapt their lives or rules to accommodate her.

Jasmine Davis says: “I tell people it’s never too late, every day means you’re one day closer to what you want to achieve.”

Some say:

“It doesn’t pay to blog.” “To help someone for 30 minutes to get over a bump.”  “To practice your trade at a new level for excellence.”  “It doesn’t pay to study so that you are better at your job.”

… or maybe it is an investment that gets you ready for the next big thing that changes your life.  

Jasmine Davis was looking into the future and stuck with it. (With help from others.)  She more than doubled her income as a result.  She “worked for free” but in her mind it was an investment into the future.

Who is inspiring:

  • mentor such as Robert Nitschke offers deep thoughts and will keep you on track.  Robert’s assessment tool will help you understand if you need a mentor.  
  • Derrick Coleman may be your inspiration as he heads to ths Super Bowl and proves that being deaf made him who he is.
  • Seth Godin has a new class available on SkillShare and is not only inspiring but is already helping thousands of entrepreneurs take action.

Taking a photo is a moment to remember how to think.  Not every photo is perfect.  We keep taking them anyway, we learn, adapt and improve.  (Even wtih so many many buttons on the new cameras.)

I suspect anyone who has the mindset “Good enough today is not good enough tomorrow” will be constantly investing in “being remarkable”.  Sometimes there will be pay now and other times the payoff comes later.

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