Architecture is a tough profession. We work long hours for years with passion and dedication to become architects. We struggle to launch our firms without basic business fundamentals. We search for the best clients and then work to serve them to the best of our ability.
Being entrepreneur architects gives us so many freedoms that we wouldn’t have if we were employed by another firm. It’s tough, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Still, sometimes we question whether or not we made the right decision. Would we be happier working for someone else? True happiness is the result not of your profession, but of the choices you make and the person you choose to be.
This week on EntreArchitect Podcast, Mark R. LePage shares his 3 Steps to Happiness as a Small Firm Architect.
Love has a lot of meanings to a lot of different people. Love is about respecting and caring for one another.
- How can you be there for others and support them? Not just your spouse, kids or friends, but your fellow human beings that you encounter in the world.
- How many ways could you find in the day to be more patient, to be kinder? When you choose to be impatient or unkind to someone, it doesn’t only change their behaviors, it changes who you are.
- How can you love people with opposing view points? Our individual experiences lead to different ways of viewing the world, and it’s possible for us to come together and love one another.
- How does it make others feel when you love them? When you respect and care for someone, they will be more likely to follow your lead.
You’re probably visiting this podcast to learn. When you focus on a new skill, your mind grows and you become a better person. Imagine if you chose to focus on mastering the business of architecture. Would your home life be better? Your life as an architect? Your designs?
- Set a goal to learn something new every day. Be intentional and make a habit of it.
- What can you set out to learn that might change your life? You can work to master a new skill that will make you a better person.
- Commit to exercise or meditation, maybe learn a new form of keeping yourself in shape.
This is where the world gets to benefit from what you love and what you’ve learned. What’s the point of having all the knowledge if you’re not going to share it? If the goal is to be happy, keeping it to yourself is only halfway there.
- If you learn something new, teach someone about it.
- When you find something that works, share it with other architects so that everyone in the profession can be more successful.
- When you share, others are inspired to share too.
- The more you give away, the more you get in return, the more fulfilled and happier you will be.
Love, learn and share what you know.
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