Things that go bump in the night.

There can be many obstacles in your path when you are trying to strive for something.

Technological glitches, lack of resources, negativity, time constraints, competition, indifference… all of these will rear their head at some point or another. But as an individual, making plans to achieve those goals, nothing is more likely to sink your ship quicker than illness.

Now, I don’t want to dwell on serious matters, and thankfully my health is fine… but I recently had a dose of food-poisoning and, wow, that really knocked the stuffing out of me.

But, more importantly, something like that can knock the stuffing out of the endeavour that you are engaged in. I know only too well just how many hours I lost. How many planned activities that got got set back. And also, how quickly you realise that, when engaged in this type of enterprise, you really are the master of your own destiny. No-one else is going to write the words I need to write. No-one else is going to be able to perform the networking tasks I had planned. The very nature of art is that it is solely in the hands of the artist. The very nature of independent business is that it is in the hands of you, the independent business person.

It gave me pause for thought. I count myself lucky that the overall FaB enterprise is a collaborative one, so there were many things ongoing. But there were also many things that were solely my personal remit. And when I was sick… nothing was getting done. Even if I’d had WiFi in the bathroom, there was still nothing I was going to be doing except for feeling damn sorry for myself!

But it does highlight a genuine concern to anyone who is reliant upon themselves, and themselves alone, for their liveliehood. Without the safety net of a salary, or sickness benefit it is very easy to find a successful business model struggling… and not a lot that can be done about it.

So, what is the answer?

Don’t get sick… that would be a good place to start.

After that, I think the key to getting through temporary hiccups like this is planning and preparation. I also think a healthy dose of collaboration wouldn’t go amiss.

If, as a writer, I have a cache of material that can be used whilst ‘out of the game’ – then, that little bit of forethought will have saved me from panicking whilst I should have been concentrating on getting better.

And, as far as collaborating goes, that is the very essence of successful networking. Sharing responsibility for endeavour, not necessarily in a formal partnership, but as a way of covering yourself is surely a sensible approach to any business model.

We all need friends, whether in business or in life. And friends are the sort of people that you can rely on…again, both in business and in life. It isn’t such a touchy-feely concept as you might think. It is facing up to the reality of independence and is mutually beneficial.

So much of online enterprise is about the bottom dollar, and because it is an internet experience, it can be deeply depersonalised. But it doesn’t have to be. At FaB, any links to individuals that we may promote will be on the basis of their being a worthwhile relationship ongoing. Call it looking out for your Karma if you want. But life is a whole lot smoother if we consider looking out for others as well as ourselves… because we are all just one bad bowl of seafood from finding out the hard way just how solitary this life can be.



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