Finding my roots in my business
I’ve pretended to be happy, okay, upbeat, and positive in my communications with you in the last couple of months.
Occasionally, I have also become cunning, manipulative, and sleazy in my communications (and I loathed that).
The discomfort towards my behaviours has been taking a hold of my emotional space. And it’s creating a huge depression.
I created this blog to document my journey and to help
Not to do business.
It’s a wonderful miracle that this blog somehow transformed into a viable business that had supported my livelihood for many years.
I’m still not quite sure how it happened. But one for I do know for sure — it seems to do best when I truly try to help.
But this miracle led to a series of tragedies
Twice now, I tried to go “all-in” on the business (and the blog).
Both times, I became obsessive, blinded by money, and I lose my way.
I would listen to gurus that tout what should be done, and I would even do some of these things that went against my conscience. (Like putting up a modal to grab emails, which obviously didn’t work with the smart crowd that I work with).
And since I have pretty good stamina, I would hammer away at the “work” with determination.
So far, when I do this for a prolonged period of time, I would find myself falling into depression.
I would end up not wanting to work, not because I don’t enjoy working, but because I have no idea what I’m doing anymore. (And sometimes because I became too ashamed of my actions)
It’s not pretty.
So eventually I had to stop.
I hope to find back my core
- There is a reason why I continue to teach — even though it may not be the most profitable business in the world.
- There is a reason why I chose to be a developer instead of a teacher — so teaching must not be everything I do.
- And there is a reason why I choose to run my business instead of being employed as a developer and getting a cushy pay.
So far in my journey, I have always neglected at least one of these three elements for a prolonged duration.
Each time this happens, I would fall into depression too.
Recently, I was lucky to have found Jon Yongfook’s blog. One of his articles spoke about the idea of splitting time equally between marketing and coding as a tech founder.
When I read the article, I felt that I may have just found a path out of my depression with work — hopefully permanently.
So I’m planning to spend an equal amount of time doing three things:
- Designing and coding
I have not decided on the ratio yet. But I’m likely going to experiment with a 1:1:1 ratio (or simply just two weeks each).
And I hope everything would fall back into place.
That’s it from me this week. Thanks for reading and have a nice day!