It was during our regular ‘Weeklybiz’ meeting when Gareth asked the room for their opinion. Gareth is a coach; he has great skills in bringing the best out of people by simplifying the bigger issues. His question today raised great debate …
“I’d like to know what makes someone decide to start up a business, work for themselves?
‘More money!’ came a call from the cheap seats …
Some suggested independence was the chance to be our own boss, being in charge of our own destiny. Others that by following the self-employed route we’re abandoning the treadmill of the organisation and of course there are people who find themselves out of a job, so going it alone … and with a plan, becomes a necessity.”
There are certain individuals who have independence as part of their DNA, the very thought of working for someone else isn’t considered. What is it that drives them on?
Control? Personal success? The satisfaction of achieving through their own means? Surely there is faith in their own ability to succeed … ambition?
Perhaps the need to leave a transferable legacy of our work is the catalyst?
There was much to consider.
Speaking for myself, I relate to a little of everything mentioned above. My father was self-employed for most of his life, both my brothers also. I’ve found we tend to follow those with influence, peers who test the water for us, those we admire as they light the way. We see this very much in evidence via ‘social’ community, don’t we?
Independence is hugely desirable, never more so than today.
That desire, the calling for independence can come at any time.
Consider Brian D. Powell, he had a long and distinguished career fighting fires and saving lives. A lauded genius who gained recognition as a pioneer in the field of health and safety, Brian took the decision to leave the establishment late in life, to follow his passion. Dedicating himself to his art, his independence.
If we’re not born with ‘it’ then what drives the yearning? Why the need for fulfilment via independence?
The realisation most often coincides with the understanding that we have the passion, know-how, skills, tools and the vision to achieve.
Trusting in ourselves, being comfortable in our shoes we embrace our independence as we step forward.