Monday, March 7, 2011
You Are An Employer, Like It Or Not
I'm sure you've heard of the saying that "showing up is 90 percent of succeeding." That is one of the great truths of life. When you read the interviews and biographies of highly successful people, they all speak of constance; of building the discipline to show up, learn and do. Go back to the readings on deliberate practice and the Science of Success, and it shows through the research that showing up regularly forms the brain's acceptance towards higher standards and naturally, resulting in higher achievements.
If you continue doing what you've always done, then you'll not challenge your own ability to perform at a higher level. It's like exercising: the only way you continue to improve your physical condition is to intensify your effort and change your exercise routines regularly to challenge yourself both physically and mentally.
The vast majority of us tend to wander in our status quo no matter how we dislike it. The question you must ask yourself is: "Are you where you want to be, if it doesn't work?" The lessons of entrepreneurship are there exactly for that question.
But we also have come under the spell of a societal malady that Albert Einstein quipped: "It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that modern methods of instruction have not entirely strangled the curiosity of inquiry."
Perhaps Theologian and Educator, Ivan Illich, had the answer to Einstein's statement: "Schools teach the need to be taught."
We've been conditioned to wait for the answers, relying on those we pay in our social systems to solve the problems for us. By a lack of advocacy or action, we victimized ourselves as unpaid employers - yes, employers - of a system that keeps you standing exactly in the same spot as always: "Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution." - Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody.
So if you're going to be an employer, get paid, and the only way to do that is to keep moving forward and execute your evil plan to take back control of your own world. You free yourself by becoming an entrepreneur - being your own employer - whether you have your own business or just want to think like an entrepreneur.
Don't make excuses, make stuff happen!