Do What Makes You Feel Good


I often wonder what is happening to me when I get home at the end of a workday.  I know I need to clean the house, make dinner, and do odd jobs such as laundry and vacuuming.  I am not complaining, yet I seem to fall off my schedule and instead want to sit and watch TV (the news is always so exciting lately.) 

I am lucky, though.  I have had a chance to open a small business that will never make me wealthy, yet it gives me a chance to not fade off to nothing.  Many people retire and go home to sit on the porch.  These people are the ones that do not live very long. 

I had a small taste of that as I retired. Being around the house all day without a schedule to keep me busy led to some fogginess of the brain.  I started by not being able to say the word I wanted to use.  I just could not think of it.  The days of the week were slipping away.  I didn’t have to be anywhere on a particular day and did not feel like doing much.

When I realized what was going on, I set up a plan for a business.  Even though I am a one-man shop, I work in a coworking center with many bright and active people.  I find my words coming back, my energy level up, and my calendar is full and remembered.

I feel that I am like the old retired chief master sergeant I knew many years ago.  He had a small one-person electronics repair shop.  When he wanted to work, he worked.  When he desired to go fishing, he just hung a sign in the window and went.  He, and I, seem to have the best of both worlds.

Thank you for being with me today.  I hope to be with you again soon.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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