Ep87: Becoming Your Own Captain

35 minutes

What do you do when the gum of your business loses its flavour? Our special guest, Andrew Torrez of Opening Arguments https://openargs.com/, helps us explore the idea of forging a new path and embracing the version of your business that makes you the happiest. And for that, he gets a gold star.

Why is that important for business? 

Finding your own way of doing things is a critical aspect of creating a satisfying and successful business, especially when you feel like you were set on a path early on. When you suddenly find yourself without someone to give you an ‘A’ or a gold star, you have to find a way to replace that validation with a different kind of satisfaction. There comes a point in your profession where you realize you cannot just be a passenger, but you have to become the captain of your own ship. You are responsible for steering your ship. You get to choose your own gold star. 

Creating a path out of a pre-existing template involves a lot of “eating the fish, spitting out the bones” kind of examination. When you are feeling dissatisfied, instead of simply dumping your whole profession in a fit of binary displeasure, it is more helpful to use the parts you do and don’t like to do some course correction. 

 No matter where you work and what you do, there is an opportunity to shape and carve your own path in a way that is uniquely yours. So many professions tell themselves stories about what they are supposed to be, then feel trapped in that story. But you forget that you get to write your own story. 

As your discontent starts to broil, you are ready to shed a skin and make a bit of a shift. If you sit on that discontent and stew in it, it gets harder and harder to change. But if you notice and look for breadcrumbs of where to shift, then it is never too late to change what your profession can look like.  You can shape the edges to more accurately reflect what you want to bring to your profession without overhauling your entire life. 

There is comfort in having a simple job description. But there can be great happiness in embracing a business that is harder to describe, but accurately represents you. 


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