Wednesday, July 19, 2006

THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS
"Don't mix business with pleasure."
"Don't do business with friends or relatives."
"You get what you pay for."
These are just a few of the adages running around in my head today. I kind of agree and disagree with each one. I see the wisdom in following their heed, yet, aren't rules meant to be broken?
What if you start off in a business arrangement, then become friends, does that count?
What if you really, really like the people for whom you work, is that mixing business with pleasure?
What if while you work your butt off, you also laugh your head off? Huh? What about that?
I have a "job". I've mentioned this to a handful of people, and each one has said, "Are you getting paid?" What's up with that? Why wouldn't I be? Why do they even ask? Do I look like the kind of person that works her fingers to the bone voluntarily? Never mind, don't answer that, because obviously I look exactly like that kind of person.
How much is my time "worth"? Should I be paid for thinking? Should I be paid for dreaming? My conscious and unconscious mind are both at work on my job at all times. Am I only "working" when I am being obviously productive, literally, producing visable work? What if my job does not feel like work, it feels like joy? It feels like heaven? It feels, God forbid, easy? Does that lower the value or raise it? For whom?
What if what I give to this job, actually gives me more in return? What if in return I gain wisdom, experience, insight, and oh yea, my wildest dreams all come true? I'd say that's being "paid", it's priceless, really. What is the price of dreams going for these days?

13 comments:

Reverse Stalker said...

Okay, so...are you getting paid? Is this a big lead in for how you are getting paid but...in what?? Tea?? Prada Bags? All the crayons you'd ever need in a lifetime??

Confess...

Faith said...
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Faith said...

Follow your heart, that is payment enough!!!

jennifer said...

Okay, yes, she's totally getting paid...but we have to move slow with her, she's been volunteering for so long, I don't want to put her in shock!!!

The Muses said...

The payment you take with you is not money, but experience!

Suzy said...

Sometimes it's just not about the money.

Go Mama said...

Awesome! Awesome post.

Take an A, teacher's pet!

Anonymous said...

What about all the time you "worked" at school? Were you paid in "fullfillment" and will you want retroactive pay? Are you dumping the school or just tagging the new fjob on to the mirade of other "jobs" that really don't pay? What's pay anyway? Maybe you just be worth salt........you know salary.

kario said...

None of us can ever get paid in actual currency what we are worth. That is why we must do what we love and take the currency as a necessary means to an end while trying to glean the other, more valuable lessons from our experiences. Sounds like that's what you're doing, Carrie. Go for it!

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