From Conslutant to ConsultantPosted: May 22, 2012
A couple years back, I was immersed in a lopsided engagement, and found myself consistently, albeit accidentally, typing conSLUTant instead of consultant — and don’t think I didn’t notice my Freudian typographical error! It was my first clue that while I believed I enjoyed my work, it really felt like I was putting out more than I was getting back.
We’ve all made the choice to take a gig that doesn’t pay enough, doesn’t use our most energizing talents, or doesn’t leave time for our other life interests; but an entire business built outside of the sweet spot — where market opportunity supports our quality of life and gives us energy — cannot be sustained.
Homework: If you’re noticing an imbalance in your own work, begin your migration away from anything that takes more than it gives. Start by replacing shortcoming work with what delivers on all three levels: money, energy, and time. After I started demanding all three from my own work, my spelling certainly improved!