This morning I’m thinking about what it is that keeps me going on this self-employment path. It’s sure not always easy, and honestly sometimes it’s not even close to fun. (Although it really is a lot of the time.)
Something inside me is just different than so many people I know. It seems I was born with a powerful need to be self-empl0yed. Over the years I’ve had what I consider to be some great successes, and sometimes I’ve straight up been kicked in the soul.
I can’t work for someone else. That’s just a fact. I’ve tried. I find when someone else is calling all the shots I suffocate.
My last “regular” job was for an international non-profit. I took the position because while I knew I’d be working for a very large organization, I would be allowed to work from a home office and I’d have a lot of ability to work my own way. The pay was great and the benefits were fantastic.
After being hired, I quickly realized that I was going to have Big Brother (or in this case, Big Sister) breathing down my neck and micro-managing every thing I did and every choice I made. Unlike being self-employed, every little decision had to be talked to death, and sent to committees and worked on my groups of people until ideas, like sweet little birds, were
For example, I’d identify a process that cost the organization thousands of dollars annually and I’d see, very plainly, a super simple method that would very definitely and often quite dramatically cut that cost. I’d lay it out, present it to my superior, and watch it die on the vine.
Although they repeated at every meeting how bady they wanted to change all the company culture that was stifling growth, the truth is they didn’t want to change anything.
And that made me feel like a guerrilla was sitting on my chest.
I am my own boss because I need freedom not only in work hours, but I need freedom to change the world the way I want to change it. This is who I was built to be.
Am I rich? Oh Lord, no I am not. But, the absolute truth is this…I was born knowing I will be. Laugh if you want, but I know it as much as I know what color the walls are in the room where I type this blog post.
I started this new blog because I just want to share what I have spent years learning, and what I continue to learn, with people like yourself who feel the same way I do about life and work.
Have questions? Send me an email. I will do my best to answer right here so that others can learn along with us. (sbailey at likefox dotcom)