Six months ago I was working as a waiter at a cafe, serving coffees trying not to spill flat whites when serving customers. As I laugh at it now, I think that experiencing the casual employee life taught me some traits to carry on with in my entrepreneurial successes to come (as well as being a coffee snob).
I guess the reality came down to acknowledging that I should fit in with the masses and 'get a job'. I used to cringe when I would hear the term 'job' because, although it may seem blatantly obvious to the majority of us in 2016, the people who continue to remind us to 'get a job' don't understand technology as proactively as we do, and how we understand that money can be made in completely different avenues compared to three, five, ten and twenty years ago.
Social media offered everyone the opportunity to connect with people, and for some of us, we embraced the opportunity to monetise that connection and find additional income through residual streams. Although there will be the naysayers, I am much more fulfilled to connect with a client in Austin TX from the 'confines' of my room, then working 5 hours straight on $12/hour while I'm getting orders shouted at me.
There are an abundance of choices with income in today's market. I found it hard to accept that as a teenager, my only job was to work in a casual job for $10-18/hour throughout school years, and I chose otherwise.
I was able to reverse engineer my ability to create and operate social media, also with the ability to further interact and engage to the point whereby I would be able to monetise my skills. Coming from 'how are you today' I am confident that meeting with CEOs, CMOs, CTOs and marketing teams is more fulfilling. By now you're probably thinking; is this guy for real? wtf? You're absolutely right: My only qualifications are to make money, build businesses, develop effective marketing strategies and destroy any competitive marketing grad who thinks they're 'pretty good with social media'.
Working for someone taught me a few lessons:
- You're either making yourself money or you're making someone else money. What's it going to be?
- As much as you may find it tedious, being an employee allows you to interact and source new relationships with colleagues, customers and management for future connections.
- Working in a team (as an entrepreneur) may isolate the point that you're not a good team player.
- You either want to take work home or leave it at your workplace - what's it going to be?
Confused about what I do?
In short, I don't think everyone should venture off on their own, just the same as not everyone should be a doctor - differences should embrace opportunities as strengths rather than obtaining the threats of someone else's weaknesses.