How Are You Making A Living?

Are you an employer or an employee? Do you live from paycheck to paycheck or tending your own business? Do you want to work for yourself? Do you have what it takes to work for yourself or you want to work for somebody else all your life? What are your dreams and aspirations? How passionate are you about working for yourself? Your answers to these questions will largely determine how you make a living. I do hope you are aware that if you are determined to work for a paycheck, you may work all your life without ever escaping financial anxieties and worries. If however you have decided to think and act like an entrepreneur, you can work for yourself by tending your own business. If you stick with that long enough, chances are very good that at some point in your working career, you will overcome financial worries and anxieties. No matter how long and how well you tend somebody else’s business, you will perpetually live from paycheck to paycheck.
Everyday, all over the world, millions of people get up early, grab a quick breakfast, and leave their families and homes to go to work. Many make a mad rush through traffic as if the world in coming to an end all in a bid to get to work in time. The only thing that collectively drives these millions of people to act that way is called “work.” It is work that enables people to make a living. How you work and who you work for determines what you make out of work. So, whether in the formal or informal sector, work is the dominant activity in many people’s lives throughout the world. If you must live, work is a necessary evil. Many people do not like work but because they have to live, they work all the same. The people who work for themselves are more likely to keep on working than those who work for a paycheck. That is what makes the difference in the way both groups make a living. Those who work for paycheck work because they need the paycheck. The people who tend their own business work because they love what they do. That creates the differential in their rewards.
In making your own living, who are you working for? When you report for work daily, whose purpose are you fulfilling? If you work for someone, no matter how good you are or how high up in the business, you are dispensable. That is the major cause of anxiety in the work place. You are employed to help the business achieve its objectives. If someone else takes over your position, he or she will be required to do the same things you do in order to achieve the objectives of the business. That is why you can not afford to rest easy in your employment. However, when you tend your own business, such fears and worries do not constitute your major concerns.
When you tend your own business, with time, you become what you do. No matter how long you work for somebody else, you can not take your identity from that business.
When you mind someone else’s business, they may be achieving their objectives, but you can not. It doesn’t matter the big name you are called or how big your paycheck is. The fact is, your boss or the owner of the business will always make more money than you. I doubt if your sole purpose to making a living is to make somebody else rich and not yourself.
When you tend your own business, you work to acquire beneficial knowledge and skills faster. That way, you can always get on top of problems quicker. Major investment decisions with attendant risks can be taken more quickly without fear of reprisals if they fail to work out. There is abundant time freedom and independence when you tend your own business. What you make is in direct proportion to how well your business is doing. That way, you get richer faster than someone living from paycheck to paycheck. According to best-selling author of Rich Dad Series, Mr. Robert Kiyosaki, “the poor and middle class work for money. The rich have money work for them.” The rich tend their own business and drive it in any direction that suits their fancy. While the paycheck earner spends most of his money on consumables, the man who tends his own business invests to expand his business thereby earning more from his investments. As the business grows, he grows with it. Before too long, he may even become financially independent while the paycheck earner will be busy pleading for a bigger paycheck. No matter the size of his paycheck, a paycheck earner often manages to spend it all and a little bit more besides. That keeps him perpetually in want of a higher paycheck.
When you work for money, you gradually develop employee mentality. That makes you powerless and almost a slave to your paycheck. But when you stop minding other people’s business and start minding your own, things start to happen differently to and for you. The way you live and make a living changes as well. Same thing happens in your business and social circles. You are able to dream dreams and do things always in the direction of realizing your dreams. There lies real freedom which we all crave for.
I do hope you will not get so busy minding other people’s business that you will forget to mind your own. If you do, you will eventually get too busy making a living to the detriment of living your life as ordained by your Creator. I doubt if you can afford that.


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