Does working for yourself mean running your own business?

This post at Zen Habits blog is certainly worth a read and I’m sure it has value for those interested in starting their own business. However, I would suggest that the freedom and value mentioned in the post can be applied equally well in a ‘traditional’ work environment. Why can’t you be your own boss, work for yourself, do what you want instead of what someone tells you to do in just about any workplace? Be your own boss of your career. Be ambitious and set goals that your boss can support. Doesn’t this mean you are doing what you want not what you’re told to do? If you don’t want to define the work and do it yourself (i.e., you have to be told), maybe you should look for another job.

Don’t get me wrong. I agree with and appreciate the points of the Zen Habits article. I just feel that the same ideas can be applied where you work today. In fact, I believe it is critical that traditional workers apply these concepts to help traditional companies innovate and thrive.

Work

We are in trouble…

  • The population of this country is 300 million.
  • 160 million are retired.
  • That leaves 140 million to do the work.
  • There are 85 million in school.
  • Which leaves 55 million to do the work.
  • Of this there are 35 million employed by the federal government.
  • Leaving 15 million to do the work.
  • 2.8 million are in the armed forces preoccupied with killing Osama Bin-Laden.
  • Which leaves 12.2 million to do the work.
  • Take from that total the 10.8 million people who work for state and city Governments. And that leaves 1.4 million to do the work.
  • At any given time there are 188,000 people in hospitals.
  • Leaving 1,212,000 to do the work.
  • Now, there are 1,211,998 people in prisons.

That leaves just two people to do the work — you and me.

And there you are, sitting on your ass, at your computer, reading jokes.

Nice…

Really nice.

Back to work

Well, it certainly helped going back to work. As soon as I got in, I forgot the sadness – for a moment. I guess it helped to have the last minute 5 hour budget planning meeting scheduled at the office 45 minutes away from mine!