Be Your Boss… Eventually

If you want the job done right, you do it yourself.

Sure, that’s a line mostly used by hokey on-screen mobsters, but there’s some truth in it. You know yourself better than you know anyone. If you have an idea for something, you don’t need to explain it to yourself because it’s all in YOUR head. Therefore, if you want to see your idea executed effectively, you shouldn’t leave it to other people. You need to be in charge.

You’ll find that this desire – to strike out on your own, to do your own thing, to make your own way in the world – only grows stronger when you’re stuck in front of a computer all day, clicking radio buttons and filling out spreadsheets. Every poor move your employer makes, every time you need to compromise your values, all of these things get filed away as evidence that you need to be your own boss.

But perhaps you don’t. Not yet, at least.

Being an entrepreneur is complicated. If you don’t believe me, just look at this article over on the Undercover Recruiter. Now, wanna know the bad news? What author Ken Sundheim presents there is really just the Cliff’s notes version. In reality, there could be a book about each subject he presents. That’s because having a great idea is one thing. Actually building a viable company is another thing entirely. After all, as the article points out: you can’t only look at things from an emotional prospective. You need to use logic, as well.

So don’t write your crummy job off just yet. Instead, learn from it. Watch what your company does. Look for the things you would improve and admit the things you’d do just the same. This is how you get the knowledge you need to become an entrepreneur. Without this, you’re putting your vision in danger; if you get too idealistic, you run the risk of hitting a wall and compromising just as much you might when you’re working for someone else. The only difference? This time there’s no one to blame but yourself.

So again, read the article from The Undercover Recruiter and ask yourself: how can you learn how to be your own boss by working for your boss?

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