Work for yourself

Work For Yourself

You will never get rich working for someone else.  That’s pretty much a fact, sure you might be able to grind away up the corporate ladder to earn a bigger share of the remaining pie after the shareholders and CEO take their cuts.  Sure there are people who work their way to “Chief” level positions but those are few and far between (and often they will never be as well off as the founder of the company they slaved away for).

The way I see it, you have two real choices when it comes to work, either work for yourself or limit yourself by working for someone else.  If you work for someone else you will eventually reach an upper limit, a place where you just spin your wheels for no real gain.  Sure you might get a little extra bonus here or a raise there but in reality there is an upper limit on what you can earn.  You’re also putting your future in someone else’s hands.

Working for yourself there is no limit.  There is a lot more work involved, it’s not the easy way that’s for sure, but take a look at the top 100 (or even top 1000) most successful people out there and the one thing they have in common is that they all got there by working for themselves.  Take a look at your goals and take a look at where you are now.

If your goal is money, you’ll never get rich working for someone else.  Sure, with hard work you could end up well off.  A nice house and pretty stable income, but you’ll never be truly rich.  You also sacrifice your time, the most valuable resource we have, helping someone else reach their dream while potentially sacrificing yours.

If your goal is fulfillment then maybe you can get that working for someone else.  Maybe working for a charity or the government in a form of service to the people (like firefighter, EMS, police or military).  If that’s what you want then go for it and feel that pride in fulfillment.  I would argue that founding a charity would be more rewarding than working for one, because then you have more control of the help you give.  But there really is no private equivalent to government service.

You have two choices though, spend your time grinding up that corporate ladder or spend that time working for yourself.  Now when I say that I don’t mean to quit your job and start that business, that is probably unrealistic (I know it is for me).  What I do mean is instead of staying late and expending time and energy trying to grow your career why not spend that time and energy growing what you really want?

For me, my job pays the bills and affords me the mental space to pursue my other goals (like starting my studio, and making great art).  I could get my MBA and apply for jobs and be a yuppie working 12 hour days, kissing ass and chasing that promotion.  Then sure I might make more money, but to what end?  I won’t be rich and I place a higher value on myself and my time than what I would end up making when all was said and done.

Instead I come in to work, do a good job and leave myself time and energy to work on what really matters, working for myself.  Maybe eventually all that time spent working for myself will start becoming a way to pay the bills, maybe it won’t, but at least I’ll know that I spent my time working for what matters to me.

If you want to be happy, if you want to feel good, all that really matters is that you do what you want to do.  If you want money that’s fine, if you want fame that’s fine too but you’ll only get those things working for yourself.  Value yourself and your time and realize what really matters.  Don’t get tricked into ending up a slave to someone else’s dream.

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