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Your Problem Is You Have a Job

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ImageI cringe whenever I hear someone say “You’re lucky you have a job.”

I am not against jobs. I think they are a temporary, necessary evil that you should be involved in for a limited amount of time for you to finance your own business. With very few exceptions, your job is probably responsible for 95% of your problems in life.

Not enough money? Job.
Not enough time? Job.

What other problems do you have?

If you take an inventory of every problem in your life, I would wager that nearly all of them are due to a lack of money or lack of time. If your problem is that you have a shaky relationship with your spouse or kids, I’m guessing you spend more time with your boss than with your family. In other words, your problem is you have a job.

Most jobs work on the basis of exchanging your hours for dollars in reimbursement. This entire model of employment is a losing proposition for everyone involved.

Paying for hours is a bad deal for the boss, because it wastes dollars by paying for non-productive time. If you have been at your job for any length of time, you could probably finish all of your work in two hours. But, since you are required to stay there for eight hours, you slow your pace to fill up your shift or you waste time sending tweets from your office computer. The traditional job model encourages waste

Exchanging hours for dollars is a bad deal for employees, because it consumes your life. Time is an irreplaceable commodity, yet we trade it for money which is always temporary. In fact, most people have already spent their next paycheck and the bank is just waiting for you to pay off your indentured servitude. The traditional job model costs you your life. If someone complains that their job is sucking the life out of them, tell them “Well, yeah, that’s what you signed up for.”

Management and labor have diametrically opposed goals. The goal of employees is to earn the most dollars for the least amount of time. The goal of management, or more accurately, the owner, is to get the most work out of the employees for the least amount of money. The traditional job model has strife built right into the system.

So, if I’ve summarized this accurately, by it’s very nature the standard model of employment is a lose-lose situation that promotes an antagonistic relationship between management and labor.

And yet, that’s the primary method of earning for the masses in this country.

Let’s look at a different model for generating revenue.

Imagine that you hire a contractor to renovate your kitchen. You offer him 50k to complete a home remodel in seven days. If he finishes it in three days, who wins? The customer is happy, because the job is finished sooner than expected. The contractor is happy because he lost less of his life. It is a win-win situation.

Employer-Employee relationship. Lose-Lose.
Owner-Customer. Win-win.

If you want to at least have a chance at being in a win-win situation; if you want to have an opportunity to be paid based on your value not on your seniority; if your job is causing a multitude of your life’s problems; you should go into business for yourself.

The only reason most young people started working at a job in the first place is because no one ever presented them with an option. Entrepreneurship, business ownership, is the foundation of the U.S. economy. I posted last week that 98% of people that reach the age of 65 are unable to support themselves financially. What all those people had in common is that they had a good job that their friends and family members told them they were lucky to have.

It’s way past time that you start looking at a “Plan B.”

There is only room in any one business for one dream. If you are not the owner of that business, then you are working to fulfill someone else’s dream. And you are probably a headache for your boss.

What is holding you back from going into business for yourself?

Author: Matt_S_Law

Matt S. Law is an author focusing on success principle and motivational books. He was born, raised and currently resides in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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