The Entrepreneurs Emotional Toolkit is about half way through its third edit. I must admit it’s taking me longer than I planned. Other work has snuck in and used up a lot of the time I wanted to use for completing the third pass on the text. Oh and the 1st pass showed a whole lot of stuff I needed to re-write and the second past another list of additional stuff I needed to write.
But the good news is that the book is progressing well and actually looking better and better. It’s doing what I want it to do so far which is grand. As I get to this stage of proceedings though I realise that I am going to need to find someone in Amsterdam I can work with to lay the book out nicely, and possible do some illustrations of photographs to fit various chapters and headings.
All in all, I think I’ll still hit the deadline for having a ready to publish manuscript by the end of this year, but I am no longer sure if the entire thing will be ready. But that’s OK because it is definitely improving as I cruise along this path.
The longer I work on this book, the more I see and realise how little is done for the emotional and psychological well-being of entrepreneurs. It seems every government on earth wants more entrepreneurs, but so few of them do anything to support them where it really counts: emotionally and psychologically. One of the first things to go when you go on your own is health insurance.
I doubt that this small book is going to change all of that, but I do really hope that it lets more people know that they don’t have to be alone. I also hope to challenge the dominant message that you can’t fail, that you have to be uber successful and that the whole point of being an entrepreneur is to make large piles of money.
The more I work with my chapters and ideas, the more I realise how strangely twisted this whole concept has become in a socio-economic sense. Big companies don’t want to pay any form of benefits or to have to follow strict labour legislation so they want to outsource everything. Government wants big companies tax money so they go along with it and yes, at the end of the day, it’s the freelancer who faces the tough adaptation alone, who gets little to know support with regards to their taxation and who ends up doing something they never have wanted to.
Anyway, enough ranting. This was supposed to be just a quick update to let you know the book is still coming! More later!