I am a wildly successful, highly sought after motivational speaker on health and wellness who has to turn down speaking gigs because my calendar is too full!
That’s my daily affirmation mantra. I’m not there yet but it’s looking better every month.
And therein lies my dilemma.
I am newly single and I have to have a full time “normal” job to pay the bills. Before taking this current job I informed them of the speaking career I am building and gave them the 3 existing dates that I needed off. They agreed. Besides, I told them, I book these programs months in advance so they would have plenty of notice. Joy upon joy, I’ve recently booked 3 more events….for this summer…not much notice…boss’ agreeable nature is thinning.
So there it is. I’m NOT going to turn down ANY speaking opportunity and yet I’m not consistently booking enough for a secure income. Meanwhile I can tell my boss’ “understanding” is waning. How can I judge the tipping point? When do I make the leap? What if I lose this job because of too many requests for days off? I feel like I'm straddling on the wings of two jumbo jets!
Believe me, I consider this a happy quandary. After all, there are a lot of people out there searching for jobs. But a quandary it is. As the new kid on the block in this speaking business I’m reaching out to all you seasoned speakers to hear if you were ever in this situation as you were starting out in this profession. Thanks for your input!