According to economist Richard Wolff, in a capitalist system the mantra, “I don’t give a shit about you” is the model upon which the employer (exploiter)―employee (exploited) relationship is built.
In relation to the above quote, my central idea is: The employer-employee relationship leans heavily on the side of the employer—often with meager and short-term perquisites for the employee.
With that said, I do not believe it is not enough simply to hold a job or a career. I would also add that it is unwise to be dependent on an employer (usually, a single source of income) to satisfy one’s financial obligations and establish a solid financial foundation to build one’s future.
In almost every employer-employee relationship, employees are expendable instruments—disposable tools with a limited shelf life serving at the whim of the employer. But it does not have to be so.
You are in control of your life. You can live and thrive as an independent owner even if you work for an employer.
The benefit of thinking and acting like an independent owner is that the risk of being left out in the cold by an employer is significantly less. Thinking like a boss means using your work knowledge, skills, and connections to create opportunities for yourself outside of the workplace.
There is no shame in showing up every day and doing what you are told in exchange for a dollar. Even so, in order to balance the scale and have access to the same (or greater) financial opportunities as your employer, it behooves those of us who work for an employer to invest in ourselves.
Here are some ways you can create opportunities from within a company.
- Garage buying & selling. “There is a ridiculous amount of opportunity that’s just sitting at garage sales all over the country.” ― Gary V
- Vlog your daily life. “While vlogging might seem like an exclusively millennial portmanteau – it’s a bonafide breadwinning career with unlimited earning potential.” ― Olivia Petter
- House flipping. “Done the right way, a house flip can be a great investment. In a short amount of time, you can make smart renovations and sell the house for much more than you paid for it.” ― Dave Ramsey