5 Great Reasons to Work for Yourself

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Be Your Own Boss

  1. Work when you want to/are ready to – Unless you’re extremely lucky you won’t have the benefit of being able to take it easy, but the flip side of working for yourself means you can clock on and off when you are ready and in the right frame of mind to work. You will more than likely end up working more hours than a regular job but you won’t mind because you’ll be pursuing something that actually interests you and something you really care about. Taking charge of your own working hours take discipline but that effort will lead to..
  2. Greater Rewards – You’re the one putting in all the hard graft, maybe alone, but that results in the potential to make the big bucks. In this way you truly are being rewarded for all your hard work, which may well be going unnoticed at a faceless company.
  3. You can put real passion in to your work instead of fobbing your customers off – I know from past personal experience working for large companies/conglomerates, especially in customer service roles, that the most important thing is to get the customer off the phone or out the door etc as soon as possible. It’s just a numbers game for these companies and they are obviously not truly interested in customer satisfaction anymore, they would much rather meet a quota. What I truly hate about these big business practices is that it will always be the genuine guys on the front line (The minimum wage workers in the stores and factories just trying to make a living) that will get all the shit and the flack from the unhappy customers when it is generally the fat cats at the top creating the problems. This unfortunately seems to be a fact of modern society for many large companies now and is the reason I will always value and respect small business over big business any day.
  4. You are in control of your own destiny – How many times have you heard the story of the hard working college/university graduate who followed the institutionalized path to the letter and become a company career man climbing the ladder to ‘success’ only to be left high and dry when that company faces problems or dissolves altogether. True, this could well happen working for yourself but in this case it will be down to you, and you alone.
  5. You don’t have to suck up to ‘the man’ – Let’s face it, working under idiots can be really frustrating and tbh many people in positions of power are just that. They don’t want any constructive criticism and they will under no circumstances accept that they may be wrong about something. Some just want to abuse the position and assert their power over others. Working for yourself you will never have to face this problem.

Of course self-employment comes with it’s own risks, you will never have that short term safety net and you will never have what we class as a ‘holiday’. This is the reason that it is so important that you enjoy what you are doing. The world of work is changing however. We live in a world of short term employment and zero hour contracts, so even if your goal is not to be long term self employed but to re-gain a foothold in a new company. You may as well still branch out in your own time, prove that you are willing to teach yourself new skills, keep active and produce a portfolio of work. Nothing is wasted.


Weed in the Fight vs Booze

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I’m passionate about alternative medicines and the most healthy ways of relaxing and I am happy to support weed in the fight against booze as the most healthy choice as a relaxing past-time. Despite this, I do only have a drink to relax, not that I’m a hypocrite but the reason being, I live in the UK where cannabis in all it’s forms is still very much illegal and still has that negative stigma attached to it. I am condemned to drink to relax or socialize, as this is the only sociably acceptable thing to do. Further to this, and more importantly, I’m in the process of joining The Royal Navy Reserves and whilst I may not 100% agree with their policy on drugs I do respect it. I respect it because it is true that cannabis can be dangerous for the uninformed or those who lack control. It is complicated, the thing that can relax and ease anxiety can also cause it for example.

Joe Rogan taking a toke

Joe Rogan taking a toke

I firmly support Joe Rogan on the subject of cannabis. Pretty much anything in life that is taken to an excess or is ‘abused’ can be bad for you. If all you do is smoke weed all day then yeah.. you are not going to be a healthy and well rounded person, exactly the same as if all you did all day was exercise. If it is done in moderation however and is done for the right reasons I don’t see an issue with either Cannabis or alcohol. The only reason I would be more inclined to side with Cannabis over alcohol is that I believe that it is actually healthier (If researched beforehand) for a couple of reasons.

Joe Rogan Weed n CheesburgersAlcohol dehydrates the body. Even if you do the most efficient thing of only drinking spirits straight, you will not only be poisoning and dehydrating your body but you will be taking on board calories that will turn you in to a fat ass. Furthermore alcohol literally poisons the muscles, the negative affects which can take weeks to clear and you get back to full optimization, apparently getting wasted even interferes with your spinal fluid! Finally I feel the effect the drug actually induces (and yes alcohol is a drug like any other) is another important factor. Alcohol, although it initially lowers inhibitions, is a depressant and can easily exasperate feelings of anger, as history and certain of our own personal experiences show. Cannabis on the other hand, aside from having many medicinal benefits, generally produces a much more laid back, mellow or relaxed experience if taking an Indica strain.

The only real danger with cannabis is either being unprepared and not of having not done your research beforehand or abusing it to excess. There are two very separate and distinct types of cannabis, we have Sativas and Indicas which in a basic sense are the Yin and Yang of weed. They tend to medicate in the very opposite way to one another. I’m not preaching, as I’m certainly one to over indulge from time to time and I did so to a great extent in the past, not knowing then what I do now, but I’m happy to follow this blueprint for my future years to come in regards to natural medicine.