Chapter 231 If You Are an “Employee”, your job is always at so much risk, and you have the least control possible, and the least peace of mind!
Didn’t you ever have a good idea at work to implement where you presented the idea to your boss only to hear a deafening silence? Doesn’t all your fellow employees always walk around like automatons so fearful they may step on company policy or bring up something that will offend the boss? When you work at any corporate “job” blue or white collar, they throw a three page binder full of rules and regulations that you cannot cross. There are so many rules. What if you wear some clothes that you like but your boss thinks is unprofessional? They’ll send you home to change like a little kid and you don’t have any say over it.
Since everyone has a “single” parachute, a “single” Bowie knife, they work every day in fear, and keep their mouths shut. If their boss gives them an impossible task, they grumble to themselves, curse to themselves, but ultimately say “Yes Sir!” or “Yes Ma’am!” Since the work job is too great, they’ll say well past the 5 pm bell, and work weekends and late nights to complete the project…if it gets complete at all. Does this seem like any way a peace loving person would live? Don’t be silly…
Being subject to “performance reviews” is a standard at a “job”. How do you feel as you are called into one of those? You are not at peace, you are in FEAR. In fear that your performance was not at the level expected.
In fact, whenever you are called into your boss’s office, how do you feel? Don’t you feel the same tingling in your gut as you were called down to the principal’s office as a kindergartener? Will your parents be there to hold your hand? You are nervous, maybe shaking, as you can think of a multitude of things that you may have done wrong, or projects you can have done better, or something you said to the cute new intern (and she reported you as someone who did sexual harassment). Is that any way to live in peace? How sad it is if you believe these things.
If you work for yourself, there is no boss, only customers. If one of them angers you or is unreasonable, you can “fire” them at a whim and say “goodbye” as fast as a bolt of lightening. You can rest in comfort that there are a line of other paying customers right behind him. If you don’t like any particular source of income, you can close shop overnight. You can implement changes in your business instantly. If there is a cheaper alternative in where you make photocopies (as an example), you can change where your business makes photocopies in a second. You need not present a letter and then have a committee convene if changing the copy center will be of benefit or not.