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 – 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.
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. Instead of, you know, working like an uninspired zombie 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!