Alyson Stanfield recently commented about letting painters paint and framers frame. I agree. Maybe you won’t. But let’s discuss this issue.
Just this last week, I needed a battery put into one of my cars. I can change a tire in 20 minutes and I’ve changed batteries before, so I knew I could do it. But it’s not what I wanted to do. I went to one of the local car repair places and asked them to do a house call. It cost me triple what I figured it would cost – though my estimate may have been low to begin with. Fifteen minutes later, I paid the fee and walked out with a smile on my face.
In this day where everyone is pinching pennies and worried about if the recession has ended or not, am I strange for paying for something I could do myself? Am I daft?
No! I was investing in my own time. I could’ve gone price shopping, found the lowest price battery, and put it in myself. Adding up the time I figure it would’ve cost me about 3 hours of time to drive around to several places to find the cheapest battery, another hour to install the battery, and one more hour to take the battery for disposal. 5 hours of my time. Time where I can be doing what I love instead. Those 5 hours are priceless when I know what I could be doing with them, when I’m making an investment in my career.
Going back to the painting versus framing issue – should I spend an hour of time framing and doing something that isn’t my passion, or should I be spending that hour painting or marketing my art? I would choose the painting. What do you think?
Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3 where we’ll discuss more about doing what you love and making the right choices to allow you to follow your passion.