№ 4: On Current Challenges and Roadblocks

Just a cloud
Just a cloud. Frankly I’m in too much of a rush and would rather get this post up than spend a while looking for a more relevant image. Better luck next time.

This is part of the post I’ve been pecking away at during break time at work, occasionally on weekends, and during other down time. It is only part because I realized recently that it was better split up into at least two posts. It was to be an examination of the various difficulties currently facing me in my overall quest to start a business and get out of teaching English. The problem with that is that there are a couple major categories of difficulties, which together make for a single post of unwieldy length. First, there are the typical challenges and roadblocks: the practical difficulties inherent to any undertaking. The three biggest groups there are typically problems of time, money, and because I’m an immigrant here: permission. The other major category of difficulty are the gumption traps, which is a less familiar concept. These are the difficulties of those things that frustrate us, that sap our motivation and energy when we so much as think of them. While regular challenges make us tired in body, gumption traps make us tired in spirit. The former category is more straightforward and where I’ll begin today. Continue reading

№ 3: Challenge Set for January Transition

Daruma
A Japanese Daruma doll. When you set a goal, you color in the left eye. When the goal has been achieved, you color in the right eye. I bought this and colored in that left eye on 2017-12-12. I will color in the left eye when I have officially resigned from my day job at Company X.

Post № 3 was originally going to be something about the specific challenges I face in trying to get out of full-time EFL and into deriving the bulk of my income in Japan from creative work. That will probably become № 4, as more pressing matters are at hand. Facing going into another year of this insane work schedule and having the life drained from me daily has been stressing me out as the end of 2017 approaches. A full year of the EFL grind is not something I’m going to do again. As such, I have decided to switch to part time at my day job starting January 18 (that’s just when I have the option to officially change my contract, no other reason for that date). This means that I will be required to work at Company X just two days a week. I may work more for extra cash if I desire, but my contractual obligations will be confined to two days per week. Continue reading

№ 2: What the hell am I trying to do, anyway?

Sakura in Saitama
Sakura at a park in Saitama, as seen my very first night living in Japan.
While it’s easy enough for one to set out with an exclamation of I’m going to start a business! and the vision of assumed future success twinkling in the eyes of the would-be entrepreneur, a lack of specificity is what kills a lot of attempts right out of the gate. This is what has killed many of my projects and attempted businesses in the past. Gumption and enthusiasm don’t count for shit when one’s aim isn’t clear enough to provide enough direction to effectively define mission, objectives, and actions.  The momentum-killing properties of a lack of clarity are multiplied when one’s day-to-day is dominated by overwork and a chronic lack of sleep. Irregular usable free time doesn’t help, either. The list of complicating factors currently driving me crazy is a mile long, but today I’m here not to talk about what’s in my way, but rather that thing at which I am aiming. So what is my goal, anyway?

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