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I recently had a call with one of my best friends who had moved to London to work for a large multinational public company. She is talented, successful and hard working.
However, she called me full of tears, worry, and anger. “They’re restructuring the company; they’re cutting positions. My role is about to die.”
I suggested that you apply for the same role in other projects, companies that can offer multiple benefits, from Distance working for stock options. She explained that with her talent, potential, and ideas, she could even become self-employed by freelancing for several contract clients. She can chase her version of success and happiness. And she may end up with more money and more freedom.
“you do not understand”. She said. “I don’t want to be nobody. I want to work for the best companies in the world.”
Maybe I didn’t understand. But I also don’t understand why talented, hard-working individuals like her would want to throw their full potential into hierarchy and politics for the sake of prestige. Why would they let their companies fill them with stress, ruin their day, limit their career options and limit their value?
Don’t get me wrong; There are a lot of amazing people out there who recognize their worth and consciously choose to stand up for the employee mentality. They are fine with that.
But if you are tired of corporate world, Feeling like they’re limiting your options in life, wondering when the right time to tap into your skill set and make a transition might be now.
Here are seven signs you no longer have a file employee mentality.
1. You love the idea of working wherever and whenever you want
flexible work hours And site independence started to become the norm after the pandemic in 2020. You proved to your employer that the site doesn’t matter productivity And that a strict 9 to 5 workday can burn you out instead.
And while many companies allow work-from-home days and a flexible work schedule, you still need to report your location and total hours.
However, with Entrepreneurial mindset, full location and time flexibility is your dream; You know the only way to achieve this is to fully own your freedom by creating your own source of income rather than expecting a paycheck.
2. When you’re in meetings, you’re daydreaming instead of participating.
The Average employer spending At least 3 hours per week in meetings, with 30% reporting they spend more than 5 hours per week.
Instead of actively participating in that meeting, you think about how to avoid the next meeting so you can work on something instead. You know it’s possible to spend your time in a more productive way than attending company meetings, but there’s nothing you can do about it.
3. You absolutely despise titles and hierarchy.
When you have the mindset of an employee, you get caught up in titles. You fool yourself with pride, flaunt your Linkedin, talk about other people’s abilities, and jealously post your best wishes to colleagues who have claimed C- addresses first.
When you’re a business owner, you laugh at job titles. You want people to work with you, not for you. You also know that title cannot determine your value. Anyone can go to Linkedin and claim to be the CEO or executive member of a 5 person company.
What does that even mean?
Fancy titles in corporate jobs are always less so FreedomLess time to work on your relationships with others and less time to spend with your children before they become adults.
C titles as you climb the corporate ladder also mean less time to invest in Self-care planningWellness, personal skills and less time to enjoy life.
4. You experience a multifaceted hustle after or before work.
With an employee mentality, you look at the clock from quarter to six and know it’s time to shut down your laptop and get on with your day.
While maintaining a file Work life balance Crucially, as a business owner, you are constantly testing concepts and trying to teamwork to build multiple income streams whenever you can. You are not dependent on a single client, idea or salary, but are willing to test, take risks, fail and start over.
5) You’re not afraid of building relationships out of reach.
As an employee, you are afraid of cold pitches. You are not fond of being rejected or ignored because that usually happens. Don’t try to reach out to others unless you’re selling something; In this case, you are experiencing sensitization as a transaction rather than as a relationship.
However, as an entrepreneur, you know that expanding your systems by contacting, advising, or simply interacting with others is one of the most important steps in building a personal or professional brand.
You never underestimate the community’s strength networks; Aim to establish daily connections with one or two new people in your field. In one year’s time, you’ll be amazed at your reach and the ways in which your network has proven to be beneficial.
6. You know that building passive income and making money online is 100% possible.
When you have the mindset of an employee, you don’t care about investing or creating passive income online. Even if you’re interested, it sounds too good to be true, and don’t bother putting the effort into building a diversified portfolio.
Conversely, when you have entrepreneurial inclinations, you get excited about passive income ideas and turn your world upside down to build an income online.
The creator economy is neither a too good to be true scenario nor a quick scheme. It is a fact available with no barriers to entry, And as a business owner, you love the challenge. You know that spending x amount of time creating the smallest passive income stream can yield 10x results in the near future.
They know they have to find something they enjoy creating and work on it every day.
7) You constantly enrich your knowledge and skills to increase value.
You trade your skills and experience with payable hours as an employee. However, as an entrepreneur, you present your skill set, idea, or business as a service that solves problems and provides value.
You don’t charge by the word, by the hour, or by the month. You charge according to the features and usefulness of your solutions. You answer questions and present results. And because you expertise Directly linked to the value and results you deliver, you work daily to improve and enrich them.
Maybe you’re not 100% ready to run away from it Rat race. However, if any of the above signs come true, you know it’s time to start owning your career and follow a path that you can fully control.