Well now. After 3 absolutely HORRIBLE years for my business this fall is shaping up to be a much better one. I still have a long way to go to have it anything even close to what it was 6 years ago (and I may never see it that good again in my working lifetime) but at least I may go into this winter with enough money to cover all our expenses. A year ago I was one month away from losing my home. This past week I sold two jobs that in and of themselves will get me to when the snow flies if I do all the work myself. I still have three other ones that I'm waiting to hear about, and if I get even one of those then I'm really set.
Now.....after selling those jobs, I was obviously in a good mood, but what struck me was that the next morning when I woke up, my first feeling was NOT that of stress and dread, but that of contentment and a postive satisfaction. Believe me, it's been QUITE a while since I've experienced that. As I pondered these feelings, it occured to me that these were the same feelings I have when I'm in deer camp and I fill my tag with a nice deer. You know, that of the pressure being off, and an almost eurphoric sense of all being right with the world. As I though about it more I realized that this feeling may be due to the fact that I provided for myself and my family and is simply a link back to our ancient genes as hunters. When you "make meat" after a good hunt, you knew that you and yours will be able to eat, and survival was assured....at least for a while.
Now in my case, this is my business. I make the contacts, talk with the customers about what they want, then I design and try to sell it. Once I sell it then we (or now simply "I"...as I had to lay everyone off) do the work. If you think about it, what I do with my work is very similar to a hunt. The planning (scouting), the estimating and then the sale (the kill). Hence the same feelings of satisfaction and optimism about the future.
Or am I over thinking this? Anyone else see a similarity or experienced the same? After all we ARE genetically hunter/gatherers, whether we are "hunting" financial reward or meat it's much the same.
Last edited by Woods Walker
on Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:56 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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