I could lose everything I have if I worked for myself! I’m not willing to do that at my age.
It’s way to risky. I see my boss when we have bad months. He’s not happy. I don’t want that for me.
Who would ever buy anything from me? I just don’t have the skills needed to pull it off.
I like my job and the people I work with. I think if I left to do something on my own they would disown me. I see how they bad mouthed a friend of mine who left a few years ago to work for herself. When she failed they ridiculed her. It was really sad.
Of course I’d like to work for myself. Take time off or work when I wanted. I think I’d be way better than my boss. Honestly, I just wouldn’t even know how to really do it.
Can you relate?
Most Americans Want to Start Their Own Business
The thought of working for yourself and wanting to own your own business is a desire of most Americans. Yet upon reflection the “risk, how will this hurt my brain mechanism” pops up in your mind and you dismiss the notion of ever even trying to start your own business.
Why is that?
According to a CNN/Gallup Poll if given a choice of starting their own business or working for someone else, 57% of Americans would opt for the former, while 40% would choose to work for someone else. Among people who are actually employed, the margin in favor of being their own boss is even greater — 61% to 38%.
When the poll is further broken down by age the results are staggering.
Yet I don’t know of one person who doesn’t want more money because it provides them:
- More choices
- More security
- More certainty
- More ways to help others
By far the two broad categories that people fall into to create income as the poll was taken is:
- Work for someone else
- Start your own business
Most people opt for the first option and work for someone else even though they would rather start their own business. In fact about 95% that work in the US work for someone else. The other 5% work for them self in their own business. Here’s how that shakes out.
- 19 out of 20 work for someone else
- 1 out of 20 work for themself
- Here’s what that looks like: X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X S
Why People Would Rather Work for Someone Else
Because 95% work for someone else it sets a “cultural” standard that is hard to break free from. Your parents probably worked for someone else and taught you to “get a good education” and “get a good JOB” and then after 40 years you’ll have a pension. That’s part of this norm.
Colleges, universities and vocational schools teach this also. They have to if you think about it. If people went to work for them self instead of going to college and get a job, the colleges would lose income. Did you know that most business classes are taught by professors who have never ran their own business? Most of their business knowledge they got out of book or researching how an entrepreneur did it.
As I think back on the professors I had in college, they really didn’t teach me anything that I really needed to know to run the several businesses I’ve owned. They never taught me courage. They never taught me how to persevere in the face of trials and adversity. They never taught me how to have a big dream and vision and to go for it. All the book learning I’ve rarely used.
Is Being an Employee Just Voluntary Servitude?
The truth is to really gain financial and time choices you have to work for yourself for one reason;
If you voluntarily submit to being controlled by a boss in exchange for a guaranteed amount of pay you’ll never truly be free.
In fact in corporate America today it pays to learn corporate politics instead of being skillful. The politics keep the boss happy. Have you ever experienced a fellow coworker who was an expert at brown nosing because they really sucked at their job?
If you’re looking for more financial choices there is really only a few ways to do it.
If you’re looking for more “money” in the job world you’ll only be able to do that in a few ways:
- You have to earn more per hour,
- You have to work more hours (or get second and third jobs),
- You have to leave your employment and go to another job to get a pay raise.
- (you have no control in each of these three)
In each of these you really don’t add financial and time/freedom choices. You actually reduce them because you are spending time away from the things you want to spend more time doing. While you may have more “money” you don’t have more choices.
What’s Holding Most People Back?
Most people have within their soul what it takes to start their own business. It really is unlocking that within them:
It takes an independent and courageous attitude.
It takes a different attitude to start your own business. The biggest attitude of those that break free of the voluntary servitude and start their own business can be summed up as follows:
A person that starts their own business usually [not always though] believes they are enough. They don’t need the kudos of others to gain a measure of self worth. They give kudos to them self and feels okay being alone. They like them self and don’t care what other people say about them. They feel good about them self. Many have great self love and compassion for others.
They are comfortable being independent. Doing it their way in spite of the spears and arrows that will be shot at them from others who are insecure. The people that throw darts don’t like anyone to threaten their way of life of being mediocre and part of the norm.
People that start their own business don’t like running with the herd and accepting the herd’s belief that it is safer being in the niche even though the herd is actually run by those leaders outside the herd.
One of the most courageous acts a person will ever do is just being who they really are. Courage to be authentic. Courage to act and not be acted upon.
I coach people who work for others and business owners and this attitude of self worth always seems to be a delineating difference. I’m not amazed anymore of the shame people carry. Once the shame is identified then the flood gates open to personal self worth and breakthroughs in peace and performance.
The great story here is that EVERYONE can learn to have self worth. It’s within every person.