Are you an employee or a wage slave? Oh…you have not heard of the term “wage slave?”
Well, a wage slave or wage slavery refers to a situation where a person’s livelihood depends on wages or a salary. Let that sink in for a minute or two.
Based on statistical analysis of employment data, I can say with a degree of certainty that over 90% of those reading this blog post fall under the “wage slave” category. I know—slave is such a bad word, and no one want’s to admit to being a slave. But the sooner you realize and acknowledge your true condition, as a wage slave, the quicker you can change your circumstances.
Before you start beating yourself up, keep in mind that it is most likely NOT your fault that you are a wage slave. It’s more likely than not that most of you were not born into a wealthy family, and you still have not won the lottery. Chances are, you are a product of many generations of regular folks who got up and did the eight-to-five for thirty years—worked, retired, then died. That’s the past though. So, how do we change that narrative?
The first step to changing the corporate slave narrative is to KNOW YOUR VALUE. Listen to me…you have to accept once and for all that YOU ARE SPECIAL. I know this reads like cliché , but if you do not assign a value to your life, you’d better believe that some employer that does not have your best interest at heart will attach a value to you.
The second step to changing the corporate slave narrative is to ACT. Seriously…I’m so sick and tired of listening to the noise and chatter about dreams, planning, goal-setting, visioning, hoping and praying. You can do those things until you pass out, it is not until you work on your work that you will be able to escape the corporate plantation to freedom.
Too often, the place where you work is simply a business—a cold and thankless merchant of greed making money at your expense.
If you want to write for a living, then you must get the ball rolling by writing everyday. If your goal is to start your own business, which is the premise of this post, then you should take the following steps.
The reality is, too often, the place where you work is simply a business—a cold and thankless merchant of greed making money at your expense. While you’re busy busting your ass on the night shift, do you know where your boss is? He is in bed watching Netflix or sound asleep. When you are forced to go to work on your off days, or on days you’re not feeling well, do you know what your boss is doing? She is probably vacationing in Milan, Italy with her friends and family .
Some of you might be tempted to boast about your handsome compensation package and how well your company treats you. Well, you might want to temper your celebration. Because it really does not matter whether you work for a mom-and-pop operation or a fortune 100 company. Working a job is like paying rent. You may have a nice place but it’s not yours.
You can no longer afford to waste your precious days living from paycheck-to-paycheck, barely getting by and not knowing how you’re going to take care of your family. The prospect of spending the rest of your life working an eight-to-five job should terrify you.
Life is short, and the time to pursue your dreams is NOW. The truth is, there is not anything more rewarding than being in a job you love—a job you created.
Remember, life is not a rehearsal. There is no backup feature, delete function, reverse option or second chance. You only get one chance, one opportunity to live your life with purpose, so don’t waste it. Trust and act like you are one ingredient, one step, and one action away from experiencing the life you’ve always imagined. Trust yourself, trust the process, and make the sacrifices today so that you can live like no one else tomorrow.