Someone I know (through someone) got fired today. Over a *BS* reason for misspelling a name. We all know that’s just a veneer for the true underlying reason: workplace politics.
“Workplace politics” is just a fancy phrase for “battle of egos.” No one wins in the battle of egos.
This person was technically strong, friendly, a long-term full-time employee. Loyal to the company and its culture.
Imagine how much it must suck to be fired on Valentines Day.
This means “anyone and everyone” is replaceable in the modern corporate structure.
Recently, the CEO of the world’s largest and most valuable startup was fired by the board.
We have to always keep this truth in mind. At any given day, anyone can be fired or replaced (due to whatever reason).
That’s why to “be free”, eventually you need to be an entrepreneur. A business owner.
To be a successful business owner you have to start something, somewhere, someday (as I did with Precog Tech, Fitness & Food, The Naked Soul, The Art of Travel).
When you start something new, 9 out of 10 times, you will fail. Failure is part of the success story. It’s a baked-in step in the journey.
If you have already started your entrepreneurial journey, congratulations!
This Valentines Day, this new year, I hope, you will give yourself the respect for the risks you have taken and endured.
Respect for thinking ahead of the curve. Respect for taking the first steps. Respect for taking the risk.
It takes a lot of gut to eat risk for a living. For suffering the risks.
Risks and failures cost energy, money, and time. Cost of money causes debt.
I hope, this year you will have new eyes to look at things from a 30,000 ft view. The big picture of why do you have the debts and stress that you have.
Why these debts and the insane amount of workload is “necessary” if you want true freedom in your life.
Hard work, sacrifices, and risk-taking is necessary to birth anything of value. And the reason why you have to succeed in your venture. Quitting is not an option anymore.
If you haven’t yet started the start-up-of-you, then perhaps this is the year, the month, the moment that you begin to seriously think about it. Every good thing begins with a “why”?
Think about it. Ask yourself are you truly free? Are you in control of your life? Are you truly happy? Do you see yourself leaving the world in peace (if today is your last day here)?
Your startup doesn’t have to be Uber be it certainly can be. Your startup doesn’t have to be a billion-dollar idea but it certainly can be. The point is, it doesn’t matter.
What matters is your start taking control and ownership of your life, your time, your happiness, and your health.
Happy Valentines Day!