I’ve been asked several times what I think it will take to climb out of my particular situation and into a more stable status. Without being too facetious I would say that a little good luck might be nice. But beyond that I try to work every angle that I can and see what comes from it.
Of course when you have a small business that you have put heart into, and income isn’t quite what you need it to be, the first idea is to get a second job. Or, if you’re feeling kind of low in spirit you start wondering if you should get a new job altogether. There is temptation in that regular salary from someone else. But when is it time to abandon what you have been working on?
I’m especially cautious if I feel motivated out of fear that I won’t pull through. In my mind, despair is not a good foundation to work from if it can be helped.
There was one episode where I tried taking on some writing work. But it was pure chaos and the guy who was hiring me was completely without boundaries. I literally had to block his number after he burned me for huge numbers of texts and calls at all hours.
Another strategy for extra cash to get by has been to sell some things off. It hasn’t been all that much, but it helped with cash flow. I had to look at what was sentimental attachment and what could be let go. So I sold my bicycle, and some other things. But I found that so many other items didn’t have enough value to justify what money could be had for it.
Like the job status, it’s hard to know when to hold on and when to let go.
Joe Bright is a graduate of Iolani School and went on to study art at The Cooper Union School of Art in New York City, and later Chinese medicine at The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. Joe currently runs a small acupuncture clinic, Kama’aina Acupuncture in Kapahulu as the first dedicated low-cost “community acupuncture” clinic in Honolulu.
Joe has a varied background that has included working as a bicycle mechanic, freelance artist, teaching calligraphy and Tai Chi, a nanny, and even a CEO of a small entrepreneurial company. He continues to create art, even having work recently appear at the Honolulu Academy of Arts as well the Bishop Museum. He also continues with entrepreneurial projects when possible and serves on the Board of Directors for a local Buddhist meditation organization, Vipassana Hawai’i.