Social conditioning is powerful nowadays. It has us all under its spell, convincing us to believe a bunch of things that are far from the truth. One of these things is the belief that we need a traditional job to support ourselves, and that entrepreneurs are foolish risk takers. This belief is so powerful and widespread that most people don't even question it - it's just the way it is in today's society.
But is a nine to five job really a necessity? Do we have to have a traditional job in order to live our lives? If you stop to think about it, having a job actually has a lot of major drawbacks that could be avoided.
You're Only Paid When Working
The main problem with a traditional job is the need to trade your time for money. There is no way to get around that - having a job means you only get paid for the time you're actually putting in. But why should you make money only for the time you work? Why shouldn't you get paid even when you're not working?
To most people, these thoughts just sounds silly - of course you can't get paid while you're not working, that's not how things work!
But who taught you that? Who told you that you can only make money while actually working?
If you would just stop for a second and question that belief, I'm sure you'd realize that the source of it is other people who work regular jobs, sharing with you the rules of their lifestyle. Why not define your own reality? Why not decide for yourself when to make money?
A lot of entrepreneurs out there have already broken free from the chains of traditional beliefs about working - why don't you?
Having a Job is Incredibly Risky
Most people see launching your own business as extremely risky, and decide to remain at their "safe" jobs - but is that really a good idea? If you think about it, isn't a job way more uncertain than owning a business?
Working a job, you have only a single source of income, and that is from the company you work for. What would happen if you were to lose that income? You'd be screwed! And it's so easy to lose it too - all it requires is for your boss to say "you're fired", and you're out on the street. And this could happen for a myriad of reasons - be it because your boss is an idiot who just doesn't like you, or because your company is forced to lay off some people, there would be nothing you could do about it.
Meanwhile, if you were to run your own business, you would have many different sources of income (a.k.a. customers). If you were to lose one of them, it wouldn't be a big deal, since you'd have many more. You're simply not as dependent on one single source of income, like you are working a normal job.
Of course, there is always the risk of your business going under, which is what most people are afraid of. But the risk of getting laid off from a normal job is at least as great. When a company is in trouble financially, the first things to go are employees, and the last people that fall are the ones at the top of the chain - the owners.
So which would you rather be, an employee who stands the constant risk of losing his job, or the entrepreneur who controls his own destiny?
You Are Trained Like a Dog
There's a certain demeaning nature to having a job. And ignoring the very fact that you have a master who commands you (that's just considered normal nowadays, thanks to social conditioning), you're still treated very much like a dog. And the fact that most people don't even realize that, or seem not to care about it, is very disturbing.
Think about it. Are you rewarded by your master when you do something good? And are you disciplined when you fail his commands? Do you have a set of rules to follow (i.e. company policy and regulations), and are you punished if you disobey them and misbehave?
That doesn't sound like the life of a free human to me - it sounds more like a dog being domesticated.
Much of The Money Disappears Along The Way
Having a job means you're probably providing some kind of value for someone. Otherwise they wouldn't bother paying you. But what you don't realize is that you're only seeing a fragment of the money that said value is generating.
When working for someone else, most of the value you generate goes into the pockets of others - your boss, the company's owners, the share holders, the company itself etc.. The list is long. In addition to this, about half of your salary will go to taxes.
All in all, you'll probably only ever see about a third of what your work is worth - if that.
Delivering Value to Just One Client
A major problem with a regular job is that the value you generate most likely won't reach more than a few people. The only ones who benefit from your work is the company you work for, and perhaps a single client. That doesn't seem very efficient, considering you could decide to spend your time reaching a lot of people with the same value you're already providing.
Unfortunately, due to the power of our social conditioning, the majority of people don't know any other way of generating an income. From birth, they've been trained to accept the fact that there is only one way to sustain themselves - and now they're pretty much stuck in that mindset.
But for the few people out there who dare take the plunge into the scary world of freedom, the rewards can be amazing.