Here’s a concept I like to keep in mind when my online business isn’t progressing as fast as I’d like, or when I’m struggling to make money online.
In the Bhagavad Gita (chapter 2, verse 47), Krishna says to Arjuna:
You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, but you are not entitled to the fruits of action.
An alternate translation:
You have a right to your labor, but not to the fruits of your labor.
The message is that you are entitled only to the doing of the work, and not any rewards that may come from it. You have to let go of the outcome, because ultimately the outcome isn’t up to you.
Who knows how your work will be received by the world?
- Maybe lots of people will love it 😍
- Maybe not 😩
Either way, you can’t control how other people respond.
You might be able to influence them.
But not control.
The only thing you have complete control over is the doing of the work.
- Showing up every day
- Submitting new proposals
- Doing your best work for existing clients
Whatever it is your work consists of, that’s all you can do.
That’s all you are entitled to.
Everything else is a gift.