I loved this post from linkedin today.
Its headline talks about “reasons to stay in your job” but it’s really (in some places) about much more.
What James Altucher gets is that the “Employee vs. Entrepreneur” paradigm is tired, simplistic, and limiting. I would add that its derived from a romantic American individualism, but that’s neither here nor there.
The point is that our jobs do not need to define us, and that we can use the dynamism of the economy to our advantage, once we let that comfortable idea go.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the article (emph. mine).
“Be an Entre-ployee . . . View a job as just one source of income among many.”
“Have multiple streams of income . . .It doesn’t mean start “a company”. Then you are just going from one company to another. . . . Start generating a lot more money from many different sources and if any one source is cut off then its not the end of the world. It’s just an opportunity to replace that one source of money with an even bigger source start generating a lot more money from many different sources and if any one source is cut off then its not the end of the world. ”
”Suddenly you won’t have ’just’ a job. You wont’ be an entrepreneur. You won’t have any label attached to your money.”