After hearing this interview with Chris Guillebeau I was reminded about many of the things which I read in his book “The $100 Startup.” Later that day I grabbed my copy to flip through it and read a few of the lines which I underlined.
The first four things I marked in the book where:
- “Freedom is what we’re looking for, and value is the way to achieve it.”
- “The new reality is that working at a job may be far riskier choice. Instead take the safe road and go out on your own.”
- “The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind. – Maya Angelou”
- “Freedom isn’t something to be envisioned in the vaguely distance future-the future is now.”
People should be valued and what we are providing should be a value. By going out on our own we are not having one place which controls our job. Whether we are self employed or employed in the traditional sense, we need to see ourselves as self employed. It is our character and conduct which keep us at a job and the amount of value we put into it and receive from it and allow us to move to a different position if desired.
The full title of this book is “The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future.” The problem is once the bulldozer goes through, that clearing stands out and that freedom is all you see. Is that really a problem though? It is when you attempt to settle back into what “worked” before. So the area is cleared and we can let it grow back as a before or we can keep is clear waiting for ______ or we can build something new. Should we take the bulldozer out again and even out the surrounding area?