It’s Friday, and I wish I could say I’m happy about it. But this week has been—to put it nicely—awful, punctuated by a Thursday that was horrible in so many ways. With the help of a friend, I’ve determined that I can no longer be responsible for making my own decisions. Therefore, I have hired a Viability Advisor.
What is a Viability Advisor?
To be honest, it’s something I made up. I didn’t want to call this person a Life Coach or a Business Consultant because neither term would explain what this person’s duties would encompass. A Viability Advisor will be responsible for helping me make intelligent life and business decisions.
In other words, I can’t afford to hire a Life Coach AND a Business Consultant, so I’ve combined the two and come up with the illustrious title of Viability Advisor.
From this day forward, I will have to run all life and business decisions through my Viability Advisor, whose job it will be to determine if the task or project I’m thinking about embarking on will do one or more of the following:
- Make money.
- Bring joy.
- Help humanity.
- Make money.
Yes, that’s correct. Make money is on the list twice. That’s because I’m tired of working for free. I’m sure any entrepreneur or writer out there will know what I’m talking about. We help friends or family members out of the kindness of our hearts (i.e., we’ll feel guilty if we don’t), or we get a harebrained idea that sounds like fun but doesn’t have a prayer of bringing in a single dime. I’ve decided I want another opinion before putting in a crazy amount of time on these projects. I want someone to warn me before I get to the end of the week or month and discover I’ve fallen short of my income goals.
What does a Viability Advisor do?
I will take every task to my Viability Advisor, and she will determine if it’s worth my time. If no money is involved, she will assess if it will bring joy or help out humanity enough to forgo any monetary gains. Otherwise, it won’t pass the viability test, and she will advise me to scrap it.
I’m hopeful that my Viability Advisor will help me fend off future awful weeks like the one I just had. But if not, I will at least have someone else to blame.