The Truth About Consulting, and a Few Wellness Hacks
We all struggle with work and health balance. On social media you see someone living their best *shiny version* self: traveling, networking with the biggest entrepreneur rockstars on Earth, etc.
Pretty unbelievable, right?
Here’s the ugly reality inside of consulting:
When you are consulting you are giving everything to your client. Your time, your health, your fitness, your personal relationships, your fluffy bed; everything.
You are isolating yourself from everything and everyone who matters to you in service of others.
A noble cause; not one for the faint of heart.
I mentor students for the University of Miami. They come to me romanticizing a life of consulting. So I'm going to provide you with a warm dose of reality now:
- Consultants cannot sustain relationships. Or homes. Or pets. Or plants.
- Consultants have a hard life, generally terrible health, and high levels of stress.
- Consultants cannot guarantee their schedules at any day, and cannot keep social plans.
- Consultants work 24/7. If you have a client in more than 3 timezones, expect to work until 3am pretty regularly.
- Consultants don't make much money and don't have benefits, unless of course you are a partner, manager or create your own firm AND a hearty funnel. There are a few of us who are extremely lucky. Don't expect you will be lucky. All consultants who are successful work hard; it really is just luck.
- The lifetime of a consultant's career at a firm is 2-3 years before you completely burn out.
*So you know, none of this applies to my firm. We are in culture design, after all.
This is all top of mind at the moment, as only yesterday I had an assistant sneaking me into a client's bathroom to vomit in between executive meetings. For that I would like to thank the poisonous kale salad at my hotel restaurant. I won't disclose your name. :)
if you don't have the guts (literally) to put the client first in everything you do, this may not be for you.
If you love travel and helping others, I can say it's well worth the costs and I wouldn't trade this amazing traveling, bi-coastal life. At least for now.
But only because I put my happiness and health first.