Around the start of the 20th century, 90% of Americans worked for themselves. But the Industrial Revolution started, and most American businesses were trampled over as the “worker” for big plants began. People no longer looked inside themselves for their passions but flocked to industries that Society held as “promising”.
But people recently flocked back to independence from the Corporate world since the 1980s when massive layoffs after massive outsourcing destroyed entire industries…and with them jobs. No longer did “jobs” provide the security and job satisfaction they sought.
Many of the reasons people left the corporate world behind either voluntarily or involuntarily was because they wished for more autonomy and control over their careers and their lives. Also, the sheer obscene repetition of the jobs took away the challenges of their work. They listed: spending more times with friends and family, less boredom, more independence, less stress, more variety, more creativity, more time for themselves and traveling as some of the major reasons people wanted to leave the corporate world behind.
To help in the transition to being your own boss, raise you consciousness of people who have succeeded in their endeavors and seek to emulate them. Endeavor to “making a life, not making a living”. As Henry David Thoreau wrote, he could think of no greater waste than simply working just to make a living.
To start, ask yourself what skills have you dreamt of and what you enjoy doing, and take steps to make your hobby into your income generating machine. Practice positive thinking and visualization regarding your new life, and that alone will provide the engines of growth to come up with ideas to get rid of your “job”.