Stop the non-entrepreneur hate.
One of the most fascinating things I’ve witnessed in my entrepreneurial journey is the disdain some entrepreneurs have towards people who don’t choose to start their own business.
It’s tough for me to understand, but I know why it’s happening.
Most of the people who look down on employees are regurgitating the book they read that got them into entrepreneurship. Marketers have spent tons of money and time on convincing us that entrepreneurship is the way, especially if it convinces you to buy their book, course, or ticket to their seminar.
They disguise it as something different.
They’ll call it self-discovery, taking control of your life, or sticking it to the man. Sometimes they’re telling the truth. But often, they’re doing nothing more than making a sale.
What’s not wrong with being an employee.
We’ve made a mistake.
So many of us think that entrepreneurship is the only way to freedom, particularly financial freedom. That’s just not the case. And, if anything, the opposite is more likely the truth.
Becoming an entrepreneur is easy. All you’ve got to do is call yourself an entrepreneur. What’s difficult is becoming a successful entrepreneur. Successful entrepreneurs do more than make money: they build exactly what they want.
And to build what we want, entrepreneurs need help.
Not everyone is cut out to be the #1. There are more people cut out to be #2’s, even more people cut out to be #3’s, and many more people cut out to be #4 – #1000. Ask yourself, would you be better off miserable as a #1 or better off being an elated #1000?
So who’s the sheep?
The entrepreneurs who dog on non-entrepreneurs tend to be newer.
They’ve read the books, listened to the podcasts, and heard the stump speeches of the people who persuade you to create your own path and follow your passion. They’ve listened to the people who tell you not to be corporate sheep, but entrepreneurial wolves.
But take a second to think.
What if they’ve just made you their sheep?
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