Control is a big deal for me. It is one of the key drivers of my life.
Before I worked for myself, I felt controlled by circumstances instead of controlling them. Most of my time was controlled by how others wanted me to spend it. My money was controlled by what others thought I was worth. My work was controlled by others’ priorities and values.
Let me be clear. I’ve had amazing jobs — jobs that truly allowed me to make a difference in the lives of others. I’ve worked for amazing people — people who pushed me to grow my skills as an employee and a human. Most of these amazing people are still my close friends to this day.
The thing is, I wasn’t satisfied. I kept defining things that I thought would make me happy and eventually checking those things off.
· More autonomy over my work
· More flexibility in where and when I worked
· More money
I checked those boxes while working for other people. I still wasn’t fulfilled. I felt trapped by the structures I had to operate within as an employee.
I watched people who didn’t deserve it get promoted and paid more than people who did. I watched bureaucracy