Working for yourself
I was taught from day one that one should not try the things you have not done before because you will fail. Example, If you were born to a family where parents worked for the Government, you must always work for someone. If you'd try to do business, you will fail. WHY, I had no answers. Now I think I have some. This doctrine is a big dilemma in the developing countries.
It not only limits your creative and analytical ability but also pushes you to make wrong choices for your career and impacting the life potential you may have.
I have been working for many employers for the past 12 years and perhaps continue to do so for the years to come. Is it what I want? I think at times if I get past 60, what my outlook would be? Could it be that I'm retired, my skills are undervalued or obsolete, I do not grasp new technology entirely (like Snapchat for me these days!), and replaced by millennials and boomlets. Although I might be valued for my plethora of experiences, end game could be like Robert De Niro in the movie 'The Intern'.
Surely this is not the outcome I'd want for myself. Would you?
Working for someone can get you good finances to have a good retired life, and even that's not guaranteed until you worked for the right organizations to the absolute level of success.
This picture makes me think of pushing myself to put together a life framework to work for myself. Do something I want, and put a genuine effort to achieve it. Yes, I might fail, but that's life - you fail, you learn, you fail again until you become successful. These days we have burdened ourselves with quite a few overheads that none of us wants to do it since most of us get this clarity late in our lives. Therefore, time is to do it now when you are young!
I'd encourage each one of you reading is to give this serious thought. Step back from your day-to-day routine, and think about it. It, however, must be something you are passionate about and willing to work on it tirelessly and relentlessly - nothing comes easy.
Like they say 'if it were easy, everyone would do it.' Some might say my situation or finances doesn't allow but one should know that there is no perfect time, and there is never a perfect plan. A genuine small effort to do something meaningful will not only bring you closer to your purpose but gives you flexibility and independence for the years to come. Even if you fail, you would have no regrets and a rich perspective.
Building your empire and working for yourself is the way to go. Yes, it is a risk, but come on! Unless you try something how would you know. If you want it and clear about it and people are not supporting you, that's the way to go.
The action is better than inaction and some day is TODAY!