“I’ll take a quiet life, a handshake of carbon monoxide, and no alarms and no surprises…”
The media is filled with tons of examples of disgruntled individuals giving the royal middle finger to their boss.
There are 450 reasons to quit your job and work for yourself, right?
Well, you know I like messing with your head – one day I’ll write why it’s better to be self-employed, and another day why it’s better to be your boss’s bitch.
But it’s all about knowing what you want. Don’t hate on the cubicle life.
In all honesty, if you aren’t willing to step up to the plate, dream big, work insanely hard, and realize some big changes – a comfortable job that doesn’t expect much out of you may be perfect.
So, why to continue being your boss’s bitch, and never work for yourself:
#1 It’s Mindless
There’s just about nothing new at a job you’ve been working at for a long time, or sometimes even a short time. Now that may vary regarding the job – but the closer to entry level you get, the closer the job resembles something a robot could do.
Thus, there are no demands being placed on your brain. It’s boring, but it’s easy. You don’t even have to care or be concerned, you just put in your headphones and get to work.
Some people don’t want to think, and they don’t need to. “I’m not paid to think!” become the default excuse. I’m paid only $12/hour so I’m only going to gives $12/hour worth of work.
No millionaire dollar ideas required to change the world, no creativity or thinking needed. Easy. And convenient.
#2 Smoke Breaks (Predictability)
Sometimes routine can be a soul crusher. Sometimes it’s exactly what people need. But right along with #1, it’s mindless, #2 is predictability.
I know people that genuinely don’t like surprises. They just like knowing where everything is in their house, what’s on the schedule (and there’s always a schedule), watching the same tv program at the same time, as well as needing the sense of control in their lives.
So, in case you’re a neat freak, love routine, or are a just a straight up weirdo, keeping your job and continuing to pamper your boss is a no-brainer.
Plus you know that from 9-5 you’ll be working. At 5, it’s windows down music on, tie off, middle finger to the world. Working for yourself entails some 4 hour days, and some 14+ hours days. It’s not balanced, but hey, nothing great ever was achieved by being balanced.
Predictability is God’s gift to boring lives.
#3 Less Stress
This one may be a coin toss for some. Overachievers are always stressed no matter the demands or lack of demands the boss may put on them.
But for others, having a job that expects the same thing out of you only is stressful at the start – once you’ve got the routine down it just becomes another day.
The less stress part usually comes with #2. If it’s a job you’re just doing for money, aren’t learning much, and you don’t care, it probably takes Godzilla walking down the street to get you to show any psychological signs of arousal.
“I don’t care” means you can spend the day chillin and thinking about other, more important things that you actually enjoy. Even work is free time!
#4 You know your pay, you have no control, and thus are in control
Here you have the illusion of control.
The predictability of knowing your pay, being able to plan accordingly, and having “no control” over how things get done (since your boss runs the place) give you the illusion of feeling in control.
If you can’t change it, why worry?
If everything is set into a system and you are given orders, you just do what you’re told.
Plus there’s no risk you won’t get paid, as long as you show up to work. Working for yourself entails not getting paid (at best) for dumb mistakes.
#5 Failure is easy and (a little) blame free
Since you’re just taking orders and are being paid to do what you’re told, if anything goes wrong you can diffuse the blame and pass it on to someone else.
“The instructions weren’t clear.”
Yippeeee. Blame free, kinda.
Something goes horribly wrong and fails? You can just pin it on the person who trained you, blame it on your own ignorance, or, best of all, say it was a “silly rookie mistake.”
But if you’re running the show, and you’re telling people you are building your empire, your legacy, your genius – And then you fail big – the only one getting the blame is you.
You hyped it, you failed huge, it was ugly as hell, and there’s no way around it.
For some people, owning a business is definitely not what they want to be doing or should be doing.
More often than not working for yourself entails long hours at some point, high stress, high demands, high risk, a high degree of focus and creativity, networking, failure, failure, failure, and then maybe some degree of success.
At some point you gotta ask yourself if that nasty list above is something you’re willing to deal with right now — if not, go back to the quiet life of “no alarms and no surprises.”
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