Do You Really Need a Job?
If you ever wondered what the title means, well it just that we are so accustomed on getting a job after graduation. Many thinks that if you don’t have a job, you’re despicable. But the truth is, having a job will only make us like prisoner tied to a 9-5 environment. It’s true that we need to make a living to sustain our needs but the freedom of being self-employed or an entrepreneur is incomparable. Job security to me is just an illusion. How can you be secure on a job with only two words will ruin your means of livelihood? the words “You’re Fired!“.
In my experience on my previous job, I thought being employed will make me secure even temporarily that is why I endured all the abuse of my bully manager. It’s like 10 years in hell with a monster. I became a coward just for the sake of “job security” because I have this stupid idea that being employed and harassed is alright as long as I have a job. But thanks to my boss’ bullying and to my creativity, little that he know that he was motivating me to create a business and helped me provide a residual income and became my safety net when the dreaded sickle of management came along.
Have you read Steve Pavlina’s 10 Reasons You Should Never Get a Job? you will see ten reasons why you should never get a job. ( Below are only quotes from his post and I’ve just added some spices from the main course )
1. Income for Dummies. Steve elaborates the reason why it is stupid to trade time for money. Quoting from what he said: “Why is getting a job so dumb? Because you only get paid when you’re working. …………….Have you never considered that it might be better to be paid even when you’re not working? Who taught you that you could only earn income while working? Some other brainwashed employee perhaps?”
2. Limited experience. we use to think that by having a job we will gain experience. But Steve have a better explanation quoting: “You might think it’s important to get a job to gain experience. But that’s like saying you should play golf to get experience playing golf. You gain experience from living, regardless of whether you have a job or not. A job only gives you experience at that job, but you gain ”experience” doing just about anything, so that’s no real benefit at all. Sit around doing nothing for a couple years, and you can call yourself an experienced meditator, philosopher, or politician.”
3. Lifelong domestication. In my earlier years of employment, just after I decided to have a job after two years of being self employed helping my mother run our business, I was a really undomesticated. I was still more courageous enough to say anything to my superior. But after twelve years of being employed, I became as tame as a sheep that you can slaughter without saying anything.
Again quoting from Steve’s blog: “getting a job is like enrolling in a human domestication program. You learn how to be a good pet.
Look around you. Really look. What do you see? Are these the surroundings of a free human being? Or are you living in a cage for unconscious animals? Have you fallen in love with the color beige?”
4. Too many mouths to feed. How miserable being an employee is. Once you get your salary, a big fraction goes to taxes as much as 20%. The more you earn by having overtime, the heavier the taxes. But in reality, employers should be the ones paying it for the employees.
Quoting again: “In the USA you can expect that about half your salary will go to taxes. The tax system is designed to disguise how much you’re really giving up because some of those taxes are paid by your employer, and some are deducted from your paycheck. But you can bet that from your employer’s perspective, all of those taxes are considered part of your pay, as well as any other compensation you receive such as benefits. Even the rent for the office space you consume is considered, so you must generate that much more value to cover it. You might feel supported by your corporate environment, but keep in mind that you’re the one paying for it.”
5. Way too risky. Based from my experience, yes it’s risky because you will never know when you’re head will roll to the ground. If you’ve encountered a boss with a slightly higher intelligence of a cockroach (in short, an idiot) then say goodbye to your career.
Steve says: “The idea that a job is the most secure way to generate income is just silly. You can’t have security if you don’t have control, and employees have the least control of anyone. If you’re an employee, then your real job title should be professional gambler.”
6. Having an evil bovine master. Oh this is I think the most weighty reason why I say no to employment. Living with an idiot bully manager for ten years is like imprisoned in a cage with a wild gorilla.
Quoting: “When you run into an idiot in the entrepreneurial world, you can turn around and head the other way. When you run into an idiot in the corporate world, you have to turn around and say, “Sorry, boss.”
7. Begging for money. would you believe if I tell you that the management have to beg yearly for an increase in the company I work with previously? thinking that it was a multinational and a Swiss company, It never entered my mind that it can be that stingy. On year 2000 to 2003 we have no increase and the local management have to beg again and again for scooby snacks.
Quoting from Steve: ” When you want to increase your income, do you have to sit up and beg your master for more money? Does it feel good to be thrown some extra Scooby Snacks now and then?”
8. An inbred social life. I remember when our HR manager conducted a seminar about why people need to be employment and one of the reasons include social life. A human being needs to socialize. O’ really?
Steve says: “Many people treat their jobs as their primary social outlet. They hang out with the same people working in the same field. Such incestuous relations are social dead ends. ……………….If one of your co-slaves gets sold to another master, do you lose a friend? If you work in a male-dominated field, does that mean you never get to talk to women above the rank of receptionist? Why not decide for yourself whom to socialize with instead of letting your master decide for you?”
9. Loss of freedom. I think this is the main reason why entrepreneurs want to stay as entrepreneurs. If you still are an employee, the only thing you can do is “Dream On!”
Quoting: “It takes a lot of effort to tame a human being into an employee. The first thing you have to do is break the human’s independent will. A good way to do this is to give them a weighty policy manual filled with nonsensical rules and regulations.………. Free human beings think such rules and regulations are silly of course. The only policy they need is: “Be smart. Be nice. Do what you love. Have fun.”
10. Becoming a coward. I still remember the whinings of my previous co-slave or co-worker and I use to whine with them and complain my idiot boss. But we can’t do anything because we are in the mercy of our employer and of course, those delegated authorities who milk the company. So that is what we became: spineless mollusks.
Again quoting from Steve: “Have you noticed that employed people have an almost endless capacity to whine about problems at their companies? But they don’t really want solutions – they just want to vent and make excuses why it’s all someone else’s fault…………If you can’t call your boss a jerk now and then without fear of getting fired, you’re no longer free. You’ve become your master’s property.”
With the above statement, I don’t encourage anyone to jump in to full time entrepreneurship since not all of us have the capacity and creativity of Steve Pavlina and other successful entrepreneurs who surpassed the condition from rags to riches. Steve points out frequently in his blog the capacity of being smart as the main ingredient for success. And as for my own experience, just don’t put all your eggs in one basket. If you are employed now, then think of some kind of residual income and sideline business that you think will become a system that will support you in “Long Term”.