If you are in a job, be aware of this.
Working for a job vs. working for your own business, there is a major difference in mindset. I’ve experienced it first-hand that it is the whole game of mindset and thinking approach. When we work for someone else, we do what they want us to do. The process becomes passive. After certain time we stop thinking on our own. What are we doing, what should we be doing, what can we do better? In reality, we are not just what we do. I mean we’re not the services we are providing, we are someone else, we are different. But when we are in a job, we become synonymous to the services we are providing. As if we are not a person, we’re just the service we are providing. For example, for a publication company you’re just a content writer because you provide the written content to them but that’s not true you are a complete package. You are not just a writer; you can do much more beyond just writing. But if you work like this for many -many years, even you start believing that you are just a content creator. You stop thinking beyond that.
It’s like, you are sold to your employer. You will stop learning skills which are useful for you. You will only learn skills that allow you to provide better services to your employer. You may be interested a lot in politics and you can learn more about it and do something great for yourself and country but poor you, learning Microsoft Excel because you have to analyze that data tomorrow. Even for your own personality, you will work on skills which your boss loves most about you. Even if you don’t like that about yourself. Many people, I know don’t like flattery as such, but they practice it because their boss like it the most. We don’t get to know when it becomes our habit. We become used to, to put ourselves and our family after our work. We stop learning, we stop improving. Informally, we pledge not to see beyond that boundary. This is a fatal process; I would call it auto fatal. Because it is processed by us, for us. An auto-fatal process of fixating ourselves to just one thing with so many limits, minimizing our own potential and belittling our own capacities and justifying that to yourself too.
In contrast, When we work for ourselves, something that we have dreamt for ourselves, we plan what to do and we improve it on a daily basis like per day you will think what are you doing, how can you do it better like what are you best at, what are the mistakes you are making, how can you correct it quickly. you will make changes, you will edit your own work and you will try to do better every day, because now you are working actively for yourself. You don’t need to convince anyone else here, its you who should be convinced about your work. You will not settle for any less for you know you can do better. you have to judge your own work, are you doing good enough, if you are not doing good enough, you will make changes to perform better because eventually this is you who is going to suffer because of your “not so good work”.
In contrast when we work for someone else, we don’t think like this. We are just concerned about the services which we were asked to provide, like we have done what we were asked to do, job is done and that’s it. We stop thinking what we can do better, because employees are not incentivized for that, they are not even motivated for that, because your employer doesn’t need that.
Summary: No type of work is bad or better, its our own thinking that makes all the difference. Wherever we are, and whatever we are doing, we should always be aware and conscious of our capacities and our worth. Keep learning new skills, not just for your employer but for yourself too.