Have you ever heard the story of Sisyphus?
In Greek mythology Sisyphus was the king of Ephyra and according to legend a bit of a trickster.
One day, he went a step to far and tricked the gods into thinking he was dead.
And when the gods found out, they weren’t happy…
So, they condemned Sisyphus to an eternity of pushing a boulder up a mountain. Only whenever it got close to the top, a spell would make it roll all the way back down again.
He was trapped in an endless torment of working incredibly hard, with nothing to show for it at the end…
So, what does the story of Sisyphus have to do with you and your accountancy practice?
Often when I speak to practice owners they are trapped in a similar way to Sisyphus.
Every single day they come to work and repeat the same tasks, day after day, working incredibly hard with not much to show for it at the end.
This is what it feels like to be trapped working in your practice.
Like you’re pushing a heavy boulder up a steep mountain only for it to roll all the way back down whenever you get close to the top.
And over time that will take its toll on you, physically, mentally and emotionally.
However, unlike Sisyphus, you have a choice…
You see Sisyphus was condemned to eternity by the gods.
But the only person condemning you to an eternity of pushing the boulder up the hill, is you.
There’s nobody condemning you to a life of being overworked and underpaid other than yourself.
So how do you make the shift from being trapped working in your practice to having the freedom to work on it?
It all starts with a decision.
Draw a line in the sand.
Make the decision that you no longer want to spend your days working hard with nothing to show for it.
“A man devoid of hope and conscious of being so has ceased to belong to the future.” – Albert Camus, The Myth Of Sisyphus