Andrew (perspectivism) wrote,

Safe Is Risky

As long as you work for someone, you have no job security. As long as your company is public, your future is in the hands of others -- people who are likely not as smart as you are. And as long as you follow the instructions of others, you won't be fulfilling your destiny of really and truly making a difference in the way people live and work.

How much time do you spend every day worrying about how fulfilled and happy the CEO is? How much do you invest to be sure she’s got a secure job? Big news: your CEO spends precisely the same amount of time worrying about you.

I want you to do something for you. I'm begging you. It'll only take a few minutes, but I think you might enjoy it.

Imagine for a second that you just lost your job. Further, imagine that the industry in which you’ve been trained and are working in has just disappeared.

What are you going to do? Are you going to go out and look for another job? A job at an Enron or a Worldcom? Or at a big bureaucracy with 100 people working in accounts payable and a budget for strategy consultants of several million dollars a year?

What if there were no choice... what if you had to start something? Anything. What would it be?

You don't need a good idea to start a business: You can steal one. Find someone in another town, another state, another industry—and do what they’re doing. Once you get started, your original idea is going to be replaced anyway. Smart entrepreneurs don’t stick to the original business plan. You’ll realize that every day is another day closer to success, and changing the plan is part of the plan.

The best part of this exercise is when you realize that you are smart enough, motivated enough and focused enough to actually do this. That once you decide that you could actually run the place, you'll realize that no other option is as satisfying. (Seth Godin's new weblog)
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