There are definitely two schools of thought developing in the millennial generation. One is, screw the 9 to 5, I want to do my own thing and make cool things like Instagram and Facebook and be a millionaire by the age of 26. The second is, why does everyone think everyone wants to be an entrepreneur? The same way we have gone from an agricultural economy to an industrial economy, we are now in an information age and less and less people are working one job until they retire like our parents once did. There is almost no such thing as job security. But no, everyone doesn’t want to be an entrepreneur, nor should they try to be, but let me tell you a little about why I have to.
I think it all started with the fact that my mother was a rebel. She never liked authority and so, voila, that definitely trickled down to me. At this point in my life, I realize I am no longer interested in being the person that has to execute the ideas of others. I want to enlist the help of worker bees like myself to execute my own ideas. Working in a corporate setting, I am so low on the totem pole. I see things that I would love to work differently and my opinion is pretty much irrelevant in a low level management position. Here at writelaughdream.com, I make the decisions and I would be remiss if I didn’t admit that it feels really, really good.
With the fact that I work for a major brand, it also doesn’t give me the creative space that I feel I am capable of. We are inundated by protocol and approval processes and I have seen multiple creative ideas get blown to smithereens once they were run up the ranks. It is what it is, it’s not my brand. But that lack of ownership, definitely makes me feel like I am there for a job, I do that job, get paid for it and that’s it. I am not paid to think above my pay grade and that will always create a detachment from feeling like I am a necessary part of the team.
I also generally want to be free. Having to be anywhere at a certain time and end at a certain time is not appealing to me for the rest of my life. I like being able to wake up when my body tells me, not because I am expected to be. I like the idea of having brunch meetings to gather my thoughts and working more task based as opposed to time based. And don’t get me wrong! I have a great working situation. I no longer have to commute. I work from home, but as I mentioned in a previous post, you still have to show up and do the job well regardless if you are at home or in an office. When I am driving during rush hour for whatever reason, I think to myself how miserable it is to spend that time in the car, rushing to a job you hate, only to spend 8 hours there and then more time in a car in ungodly traffic to get to a home you probably don’t even get to enjoy.
But nonetheless, in my heart of hearts, I look forward to being in a position where I can work really hard for like 11 months and literally take like a whole month off. Or as I approach actually thinking about children sometime soon, I have no desire to leave my newborn baby with anyone to rush back to work. These are the benefits that keep me up late nights and wake me up in early mornings to actually make sense of this business path that I am on.
A 9 to 5 is great and most certainly a blessing to be able to take care of all of our basic needs and a lot of wants. But it’s just not enough for some of us. Some of us want all this life has to offer and we know that we won’t see the fullness of it working for someone else. Some people have jobs that they absolutely love. And that’s so cool. They should never feel pressured to have to do their own thing, if they enjoy what it is that they do.
For me, it’s the idea that I know that in my current situation, I am easily replaced. And yeah it sounds good to say, well make yourself irreplaceable. But let’s be real about it. Great employees have been let go from plenty of companies my friend. If tomorrow my job decides they no longer need me, where does that leave me? I like the idea of being responsible for my own destiny. That’s both the comforting and terrifying part really of entrepreneurship, but I am ready to take that chance. As an entrepreneur, it’s just you. You have to get the clients, do the work, market, reinvent, and more. But so far, I love every part of that and look forward to really being able to focus all my efforts on my business and my brand.
So I am setting goals and prayerful that 2016 may be the year for me to step out. But I want you to stop reading Twitter. Stop getting caught in the whirlwind. Stop thinking so HARD about what you think everyone is telling you is the thing to do and get in touch with who you are and what you want for your own life. I, my friend am a rebel. I want to be in control of my own ship at the end of the day. Every time I think about updating my resume, the Holy Spirit reminds me that I honestly don’t want to work for anyone else in that capacity. And that may change too at some point. But I have become increasingly comfortable with going with the now and the moment. I cannot plan years down the road. But right now, I’m about pursuing this entrepreneurship life.
Have you ever felt the pressure to be an entrepreneur when that’s not what you really want? Are you actively pursuing your entrepreneurship journey because you’re a rebel like me? Let’s chat about it in the comments below! What have been some of your biggest challenges so far?