Today is 26 years since I permanently employed myself, forming a company that is still in operation and which employs me. I'm told that this means that I'm self employed, but I have a contract with my company, and interestingly I sign both parts of it, once on behalf of my company and once on behalf of myself.
After university, I contracted for 2 years, then was employed for six years and then employed-myself for another 26 years till today.
Parts of my success are:
1) In 1994, I said: "people know what they want and need help in getting it". That is my job. And one I've tried to live up to all these years.
2) In 1999, I created a vision for the future world I would build for myself, and it is still taking shape and every month I make a small progression on this path.
3) I've had two opportunities to liquidate my business but each time I've negotiated with my creditors and employees and survived and not left people without money. I believe in positive energy and in karma and I believe that we need to look after this and not liquidate ourselves or our businesses because we legally can do so.
4) I've been on a mission to develop bug-free software as a standard and a goal. I've specialised in relational database systems and in the full software development lifecycle, rather than in so-called full stack development.
5) I've worked on building and enhancing my self-esteem and whislt I've read hundreds of self-help books, the only self-help books I need to read in future are the two books I've personally written, one for personal self-help and the other for community-self-help. These books are online, but both in a substantive edit process at the moment, taking me an hour per page to edit.
6) In 1991/1992, I did an MBA at Cranfield in the UK. I didn't do it to double my salary, although happily my salary did double during my MBA, but that was because I showed the company I worked for a big opportunity that they took and they rewarded me. I did the MBA for personal development. And it has stood me in good stead these past 30 years. My biggest problem though is that I blame myself when things go wrong saying "you've got an MBA and this shouldn't have happened" but then I console myself by knowing that my MBA allows me to know when to stop or when to change direction. And I've also spotted over the years that many hundreds of major corporations with MBA's and BComs and others, have gone out of business, and whilst I feel sorry for them, I realise that everyone makes mistakes. I also attended an entrepreneur event where I put up my hand and said "my biggest problem as an entrepreneur is that I give myself a hard time" and the presenter asked the whole conference of 300 people who has this problem, and everyone put up their hands! And I realised that this is a "problem" of entrepreneurship.
7) I've cared about the environment. The internal (health) environment and the external (worldly) environment. My wife and I have worked from home for 20 years and we believe the message of the 2020 plague is that all office workers must work from home. Each time office workers try to get back to normal, another wave (plague) arrives. Each time we try to harden our hearts, another plague arrives as we forget to learn the lessons of the plagues.
There is so much opportunity and possibility and abundance on our tiny tiny tiny planet in a huge multi-verse of universes, galaxies, stars and planets, yet we spend our time being selfish and hoarding, and storing. rather than sharing and being wealthy altogether.
Thank you to everyone I have known over the past 56 years of my current existence and for making my life the life it's been. I love you all. I forgive you all. I reward and bless you all.
King David of the My Power Station Realm.
4th November 2020.