The memory is vague but along the way somewhere I recall my father telling me something that my grandfather Wolfgang had said about work. My grandfather was a very intelligent man with a lot of life experience. It's not an exact quote, but the gist of it was:
'Work is a gift from God. To work is a basic human right and a human need. There is never a shortage of work to be done.'
For some reason those principles registered with me. It makes sense. Sure, sometimes there is a shortage of paying jobs, but there is always work that needs doing regardless of the time of year or the economic climate. This concept is liberating because it frees me to go out and create value, do something. A person needs not wait for an invitation, an opportunity, a phone call, etc. You can just simply get to work.
If you run your own painting business, there is little point waiting around for the phone to ring. You have the right to work, you don't have to wait for someone else to give you the opportunity. You can create your own.
This coincides with what I've noticed over the years. Its way easier to find work when you are busy working. So if its slow, try to find a way to keep busy. Find a way to add value to other people. Here are just a few ideas...
In a nutshell, I have found that my grandpa was right - the best way to find work is to be busy working.
How do you drum up work?
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