Do you have an EMPLOYEE mindset, or an ENTREPRENEURIAL one?
So I’m toying with the idea of going back into the job market… the one thing holding me back is the mindset of employees. Contractors, you know what I’m talking about: Employees love public holidays, whereas contractors know that no work = no pay.
Beyond that however is the simple concept of mindset. Employees seem to know how difficult it is to get fired (you almost have to be caught with your hand in the till), and as such typically do the bare minimum to get the job done. Contractors however, are technically “hired in” to get the job done and then the move to the next contract, so the work is short term in nature (and we can get replaced at the drop of a hat – it goes with the territory).
Recently though I’ve found a new angle: Those who have or need a job are seriously impressed when you get a new job (and the concept of doing something on your own for yourself is seen as scary or even stupid). Yet those with an entrepreneurial desire are happy when you start a side hussle. They now know you’ve realised that being your own boss, taking responsibility for your own future is the best way forward!
It’s happened to me when people ask me if I work (meaning “are you an employee?”) and I tell them I work from home, IMMEDIATELY assume I’m a housewife! Hint: wanna annoy me real quick… continue with this mindset. Just because I have an “easy commute” from the bedroom to the office doesn’t mean I do nothing all day, and live the life of luxury. While part of me wants to say “I wish”, another side of me knows I’d get bored really really quickly.
Working from home means no 8am to 4:30 pm – we often work into the night. Not because there’s a boss cracking the whip saying we have to, but because we understand what we are building in terms of the business asset. We have to make our own arrangements for insurance, medical aid, as well as holidays. No such thing as paid leave.
It’s also why we advocate Multiple Streams of Income. These times are dynamic, and what works today might not work tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year. We need to be able to run with whatever’s working best at any given time. Even as an employee you need to understand that, through no fault of your own, you could end up unemployed. A family member has been working for a company which is currently being liquidated. Her income has been sporadic in the last 6 months, and she’ll now probably need to sell her house (other smaller assets of value having already been sold) to make ends meet.
Please understand why entrepreneurs may look strangely at employees – it’s almost like The Matrix – we’ve seen the truth (as ugly as it may be), yet we realise you have not yet awakened to it, you still believe in job security. We don’t look down on you, in a way we pity you – because you might be awakened before you are ready – and that will come as a shock. I can only advise that you dig your well before you’re thirsty.
Consider Noah, who spent around 100 years (some say 120) building the Ark, facing the ridicule of those who’d never heard of rain… and who died due to their arrogant ignorance.
WAKE UP – take action in your life.