Lot’s of people have been asking me, lately, about the intelligence of taking a leap into entrepreneurship from the “safety” of their jobs. And, I just had to share my thoughts on this in a post over at Awake@TheWheel.
Here’s how it started:
Which one of these things is not like the other?
Trick question…they’re all the same. They make for great TV specials, but they seem eternally elusive in real life. Especially that first one, because as long as you’re working for someone else, you’ll never have the control you want.
Does that mean everyone should run out and become entrepreneurs? Meh, probably not. Control comes with responsibility and, depending how you bring your idea to life, varying amounts of risk.
But, here’s the thing. I’ve been asked a bunch of times, lately, how smart it is to walk away from the “safe option” of working for someone else to start your own business or even begin to build some kind of independent career or leveragable reputation on the side in this economy.
Safe…SAFE? I want to scream, “Are you out of your mind?!”
Since when is the safe option handing over the keys to your career to someone else and hoping that, in challenging times, they’ll make the tough decisions in “your” best interest, rather than in “their” best interest?
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