9-5, Monday – Friday. This is the life we lead and this is the life we choose to accept. From previous posts, you will know that I believe we have learnt our views as a result of our experience with society. School teaches us to be obedient towards authority figures, to wear a certain type of clothing, to be working at certain times in the day. It’s not necessarily a bad thing but who makes the rule? Certainly not you, the worker.
When you are working as an employee in a company, you are nothing but a cog in a factory. It’s a sad truth but its something you have to realise. You are replaceable, and for many, you are replaceable with a cheaper version of yourself.
A year ago, I made the decision to start a business myself. I had enough of working hard to make someone else money. Why should I give up my dreams so someone else can fulfill theirs? With this thought etched in my mind, I decided that was it. I am leaving and this is the last job I do where I work for someone else. And I haven’t looked back since.
I won’t lie to you. I’m not having baths with £50 notes at the moment but I am content. I’m stressed, but satisfied. The stress I feel is positive as I know that now my life is in my own hands and my income is slowly growing. I’m 25 years old at the moment. In ten years time, who knows where I’ll be.
I find it saddening when I hear people take about owning their own company. It is a dream for many of us but the idea of giving up a stable income and putting extra effort into something puts us off. And quite rightly so. Who would want to risk it? But at the same time, I know that around 98% of people will constantly talk about it but will never make that move to get it started.
I was the same. But for a year or so, I studied successful people like Alan Sugar and Richard Brandon. They all had one thing in common. They didn’t give up. Reading up on them gave me a burning desire to be successful in my own eyes. And in my own eyes, successful means earning a decent amount of money where I can live and provide for my future family (god willing, I am successful in my family life too).
If you are thinking of going alone, you have my full support. There’s no better feeling than receiving your first pay from your own company. It was certainly one one of the finer moments in my life and one which I will always look back on with a sense of pride. Go for it, guys. You have nothing to lose. If it fails, so what? Life goes on. Pick yourself up and try again. At least you tried. Remember, failure is a stepping stone towards success so go and make mistakes, have a few hiccups, learn about your strengths and weaknesses, and no matter what, stay positive and never give up.