Are you one of those people victimized by the sudden economic shift caused by the pandemic? It’s either you’re laid-off, paid less, or simply trying to escape the daunting rat race. Whichever one resonates with you, one thing is for sure. You are reading this article in hopes of crossing the bridge between the corporate world and entrepreneurship.
The past year made us realize how unstable it is to work a job and get paid a fixed salary. Working on one income makes it even worse. It made us rethink not only how we handle our finances but also how we live our lives completely. We’ve seen how easy it is for big corporations to let go of their employees. Although we can’t blame them completely, it opened our eyes.
Back in the old days, people cared so much about the next promotion exchanging more and more hours. As they get more money, they lose so much more. They lose the time they are supposed to spend with their families. They forget about self-care. They risk their health.
It all started when we began to normalize stress and considered it a social-proof of working hard. Working for a living has long been forgotten since work became our lives. So and so that we forgot how to truly live.
The Employee Mindset is limited, consumed by the belief that hard work is key. The truth is, it never was and will never be. Hard work gets old, you know. And no matter how hard you work, the 24 hours you have in a day won’t suffice to make you a billionaire any sooner. Chances are, you’ll just burn out.
Working smart is the key. But first, you have to decide that you can do it. Let your desire burn more than your fear. Trust me, if you’re brave enough to set your imposter syndrome aside, you’re already one step away from Unleashing your Inner CEO.
Employees are attached to the stability of bi-weekly paychecks. It’s great not to worry about when you’ll get the green stuff. The benefits of being in the corporate world are amazing too. “My company has an awesome health insurance policy. “ I’ve heard that a million times, I’m not even kidding.
Entrepreneurs value freedom. They know that it is more important to take control of their own trajectory rather than relying heavily on a company’s political issues. Let’s be honest, you don’t get promotions because you just deserve it, you get it because of who you know. Sometimes, you need to know important people. Yes, it might look like a win-win situation at first but it doesn’t always go that way which leads me to my second point.
Employees are cultured to adapt and survive to their ever-changing work demands. The goal is to stay in a company longer to get the most of their benefits. So even though they dread waking up to their daily alarms, they can’t complain. They focus merely on surviving their daily agendas for a relaxing weekend or that most-awaited retirement at 65.
Entrepreneurs, on the other hand, focus on thriving. They understand that others don’t care as much about their personal growth. Thus, they take the lead and discover things on their own. They start by learning new skills, networking at events, and promoting themselves continuously. They have an abundance mindset. They won’t let life’s adversities get in their way because their journey is just as important as their destination - success.
There are only 24 hours in a day. We spend a third of it sleeping and a third of it working. And entrepreneurs spend the rest learning more on how they can exchange something of value for money. Employees, however, spend the rest working even more.
Is there any difference? Yes.
The first is working on their dreams while the other is working for other’s dreams.
If you continue exchanging time for money, you’ll never get enough. Time runs out and you do too. Your energy and brainpower are only as good as the rest you get. If you get much rest, don’t expect them to compensate. It doesn’t work that way.
If you spend the rest of your day on your personal growth, you add value to yourself. The more valuable you are, the more you get to earn while working fewer hours.
Think about it for a bit. Do you want to keep hanging on to your employee mindset or are you ready to take a leap?
Now, let me spill the tea.
I have three words for you.
Believe you can.
Yes, you read that right. You just have to believe that you can be an entrepreneur. That one shift in perspective can go a long way. Once you do that, everything else will follow and you can triumph against any hurdles along the way.
Stop thinking about all the reasons why being an entrepreneur won’t work. Remember that nothing worthwhile comes easy. If you want to take control of your life, you have to learn how to control your thoughts first. Good luck! See you on the other side.
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