By Rasheed Hooda, DTM
This article by the guest speaker at our upcoming Awards Showcase offers helpful insight into why it’s important to stop thinking like an employee and start thinking like an entrepreneur.
Are you sick and tired of your non-fulfilling job?
Don’t you sometimes feel like telling your boss “Take this job and shove it?”
Well you can. I have done it on several occasions. Not in those exact words, but rather tactfully, and often after giving them several warnings.
A paradigm Shift
The first step to firing your boss is a Paradigm shift. You need to see your boss for who he is: Someone who is using your services.
He needs you because you have something to offer that no one else can.
What? You say that it’s not true? Well, then you’re screwed. If what you have to offer to the world, and your boss, is dime a dozen, then you’re stuck. But, fortunately, that is not the case.
You see, you are a one of kind human being, and no one else can be you. So if you add your personality and your attitude to the set of skills that you offer, then you are already offering your boss more than anyone else, provided your attitude is a positive and helping one. If you help your boss make more money, then he would be a fool to let you go, and if he is a fool, then you can let him go and work for someone else. Someone who would appreciate what you have to offer.
Easier said than done, you might say, given the current economic conditions. But the opposite is really true.
Hang with me here. If the economy is really tough, wouldn’t it make sense for the companies to hire the best employees? Employees who are worth more than everyone else? The ones who are a notch above the rest? And if you are one of those, wouldn’t the companies be looking for someone like you?
Like I said, the first step is a Paradigm Shift.
You need to stop seeing yourself as an employee and start seeing yourself as an independent contractor, someone who is renting out his services to the company that you work for, and you need to stop seeing your employers as your boss and start seeing them as your customer. If your customer is happy with what you have to offer, he will keep using your services and reward you accordingly.
The more you make yourself worth, the more you can charge for your services. Of course, your customer may not be interested in, or have any use for the extras that you are offering. In that case, you can find another customer who can use the services you have to offer and charge them accordingly.
That, my friend, is how you fire your boss. It’s that simple.
Of course, if you see your employer as your customer and yourself as an independent contractor, then it would be foolish for you to rely on only one customer. But that is a whole another article.
Congratulations, you have just become a member of the Joyfully Jobless Tribe, as Barbara Winter, the author of How to Make a Living without a Job, would call you.
Rasheed Hooda is an artist, entrepreneur, and an award-winning public speaker who is living the life of his dreams and teaching others how to do the same.