We all have standards of living, goals for which we strive and the need to make money. If one job ends, we look for another. Work situations are usually contingent, fleeting and we’ll often take whatever we can get.
I joined the workforce as early as I could. I got a work permit at the age of 14 to begin my very first job as a sandwich artist for Subway. From there, I worked my way up that industry to serving at a five star restaurant. Meanwhile, I acquired a college education earning a Master of Arts degree. By the time I graduated, I already completed internships at prestigious ad agencies and was ready to boost my rank in corporate America. I started with an entry level position. Year by year, I moved up the ladder as I continued advancing my career. After several years, I landed a director role for a company I was pleased to promote. Yet, I found myself unfulfilled even at this level of success. Perhaps it’s because I had been managing a side business all along, providing freelance marketing to small businesses. I soon realized my true passion lies in entrepreneurship.
So, why am I steering clear of corporate America and instead, focusing my time and energy toward developing small businesses?
To Embrace My Creative Potential
Unless you have a certain level of autonomy in your position and actually share mutual respect with your employer, you don’t get to make important decisions. As a creative professional in corporate America, you have to be content sitting back while others lead your contributions. That is something that didn’t sit well with my eager spirit. As a creative entrepreneur, I get to be a transformational leader and genuinely navigate business.
To Avoid Relentless Competition
Hierarchical status within a company promotes corruption and most big corporations do not support a flat organization. All too often, you have to compete in a workplace environment where your own team members want to see you fail. People lie, cheat and steal to get to the top, even at the expense of tainting someone else’s hard-earned reputation so they can be perceived as worthier of a special promotion.
To Optimize Productivity
Being a creative professional in corporate America hinders productivity in many ways. The 2+ hour round trip commute itself is a waste of time. You’re forced into junky cubicles surrounded by distractions. As an independent freelancer, I get to save time, money and energy by telecommuting and executing most work from my home office. I get so much more accomplished in a given day than I used to working in the corporate America paradigm.
To Be Fair To Myself
Employees often do whatever they’re told in order to make money, even if it means going against their sense of what is right. When you work for a large corporation, you have to kiss your self expression good bye. Your personal lifestyle, schedule, duties, values and mission in life will be dictated by the leaders of the company and you will be required to conform. We all have standards of living and for me, my day-to-day life has to be a pursuit of something worthwhile. Being an entrepreneur allows me freedom to say “no” to certain projects that direct me away from my dreams and “yes” to projects I truly support.
To Be Happy
I know that true happiness is not a circumstantial experience. However, whether or not we like to admit it, the bulk of our life is spent working. I work hard to achieve my dreams and refuse to sacrifice my American right to a pursuit of happiness solely for money or status. I prefer a moderately risky life full of joy over a dreadful life just to earn a phony power status.
To Inspire An Even Playing Field
I dislike the dominant nature of massive corporations that makes it nearly impossible for small businesses to participate. If more people supported small businesses, I think our economic playing field would be leveled, which would contribute to a harmonious collective.