Are You Enslaved to Your Employer or Self Employed?
“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. But teach a man how to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.”
In talking about being able to provide for your family, or relying upon someone else (your employer) to provide your “fish,” I’m reminded of this issue:
Are we really free given this “work-like-mad environment” of the new millennium?
In the beginning of my book I ask the question:
Are you free?
The reason I pose this question is that many people believe that slavery ended on January 1, 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. I believe that as long as we have jobs we are enslaved to our employers and are NOT truly free.
Given the fact that all workers are given a limited amount of income in return for working 50 weeks (out of 52 weeks per year) to earn their pay, it becomes obvious to me that employees are not as free as some may think.
If you disagree with this belief, let me pose to you a few questions.
Why is it that employees must ask permission from their employers to go on an extended vacation, when business owners can go on vacation any time they desire (for as long as they want) without having to ask permission from anyone to do so?
The kind of slavery that existed in the 1800s in the U.S. has ended, largely due to the efforts of President Lincoln, but a different kind of enslavement exists today with our employers.
Well then, how about on any given hot summer day: Can you just take the day off from work and go to the beach together with your family? Or do you and your spouse need to ask permission from your employers to spend this day together as a family?
As a business owner, you will be free and never again have to ask for permission to spend quality time with your family!
In talking about freedom and enslavement to an employer while giving speeches on this topic, I have been both ridiculed and admired at the same time.
The ridicule has come from employees who still believe in job security and that their employer will take care of all of their financial needs in the future.
However, at the same time, I have been admired and given an overwhelming stamp of approval from business owners because they flourish in their freedom and absolutely love spending extra time with their families.
A job is a good thing but your must realize that it is nothing more than a temporary vehicle to pay your bills and support your family while you are building your dream.
Being enslaved to an employer is acceptable only if you are building your long term vehicle of business ownership in a field in which you have a passion.
When thinking about this controversial subject, always remember that 90% of the wealth is owned by only 10% of the people. The 10% are business owners, the remaining folks are employees.
On which side of the equation do your want to find yourself?
Remember, there are a million ways to make a million dollars – you just have to execute in one way. Follow your heart and it will make the choice for you.
This topic from my book “Creating Your Own Destiny”, and is one of the subjects that I speak on.
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