The Entrepreneurial Fight for FREEDOM!

Glenn is a 30-something product manager who dreams of one day escaping the corporate rat race to pursue a music-related startup he’s always dreamed of.

Sylvia works for a telco. As such, it isn’t a rarity for her to log in 60-70 hours of work a week. She yearns of saving enough capital to put up a business which can allow her to spend more time with her kids.

Elmer is a mobile developer. He’s a fan of the bestseller, The 4-hour Workweek. He wants to create the next killer mobile app and rake in the cash – Β while he goes about touring the world.

I think there are a lot of us who are like Glenn, Sylvia, and Elmer. Money’s nice for us, but the real motivator is something else.

Freedom.

The freedom to pursue OUR dreams, instead of helping someone else with theirs.

The freedom to spend our time in things we want to do.

The freedom not to have an a-hole boss.

The freedom to be much more available to our spouses, children, and loved ones.

The freedom to do what WE think is right.

It’s kind of funny to think that we live in a world full of choices. In fact, we’re all a bit spoiled by it. We can order the EXACT coffee we want in Starbucks, have virtually anything delivered to our doorstep through Amazon, have the world available to us through the internet. It’s a world of choice and abundance.

But not in the typical workplace, where we are governed by 8-5pm schedules, an exact salary we pull in per month, a usual way of doing things, a whole handbook of rules to follow, a small work area to do our jobs in, and my favorite, a specific job description to follow.

Come to think of it, more than money potential and more than the thrill of owning a firm, an extremely powerful motivator for me was to just break free and be my own person.Β Instead of, you know, working like an uninspired zombie at work.

How many of us feel like this at work?

All the risk (perceived and real) in becoming an entrepreneur was SOOOO much worth it. I would not exchange my freedom for any amount of salary.

If you have a chance to do so, go for it and don’t look back. For those currently toiling in trying to break free, take heed and comfort in this: the freedom’s worth fighting for.

Here’s the freedom speech from good ol’ William Wallace to help inspire all of us a bit. Enjoy!

FREEDOM!

Comments

  1. Amen to this! I just wanted to share that today, I did all of my work in bed, in between playing games and watching TV. Lol. Was I unproductive? Not really. Today, I was able to increase our company’s payment gateways from one (BDO bank deposit), to now three (by late next week, our clients should be able to pay through 7-11 and Lhuillier shops too). I was also able to close three accounts, equalling more than my old salary as a teacher. All in a day’s work, and without leaving the comfort of my own room πŸ™‚

    Not all days are this relaxed, however. Last week was grueling for me and my team. Everyday we had an event, and work hours exceeded the usual 8 to 5. As an employee, you can choose to be absent and just risk the ire of your boss. As a start-up business owner, I could not cave in to stress and ask for a day off. Both because I needed to set a good example for our team, but also because it’s MY company. I care a whole lot more about doing a good job than when I was just an employee.

    So yeap, there are days when there are freedom, but in the early days (especially in the early days), there are lots of unglamorous work involved because if you were like us and you started with P20,000 in capital–there was no one else to do the unglamorous work for you. So you really need to love what you’re doing to and not just go into business because you want to work 4 hours a week (lol), because chances are, in the beginning, you might end up working a lot more than just 8 to 5, and doing different roles, too! πŸ™‚

    Thankfully I love my “job”. It’s amazing, building something from scratch, and continuing to make it grow. One of the best adventures ever! πŸ™‚ See you on August 8, Peter!

    • inggit ako kay Estelle!

    • Amen indeed Estelle! Yours is an amazing story – especially considering your P20,000 budget!

      I can relate very much to your up and down days – having days to kick of and relax a bit and then having hell weeks. I that’s the great thing about being in a startup – every week is unpredictable! The opposite is part of what I hated with the corporate – I could actually predict what I would be doing in the office in 6 months time! Part of the reason for the unpredictability is freedom. The caveat of course, is this.

      Super happy for you Estelle! Do holler if you need any help with anything πŸ™‚

  2. Peter, I surely know how it feels to be out of the rat race. I was in it for 20 years. Though my movement from corporate rag rat to a free-spirited person was just very recent (9 months to be exact), I must say that I am still in that infancy stage. Admittedly I still get side tracked at times, but still would not trade-in my current status as a biz start-up myself and go back to the four walls of the traditional set-up. Yes entrepreneurship has its own set of challenges but for sure I will rise above it. I find this whole journey a very humbling experience.

    • First of all Tet, I think you deserve a ton of kudos and congratulations on your leap! After 20 years, I’m quite certain it wasn’t something easy. Do know you are not alone, and yes, in the first 1-2 years, there will be times when doubt will threaten you, and sometimes it feels like “what on earth am I doing?!”

      Perseverance is ultimately what makes a true-blue entrepreneur, Tet! Will pray for your journey. Do tell us how you’re progressing, would love to hear from ya!

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