Security — the wet dream of Corporate America

1293024102-large-play-time-blu-ray4I’m asked a lot about insecurity…

The insecurity of not having a 9-to-5 job.

The insecurity of not having a company-paid health plan.

The insecurity of not having a 401K.

The insecurity of not having a weekly paycheck.

And I’d be lying if I told you I’ve never felt shaky in my years as a self-employed consultant, copywriter, or internet marketer.

Just like everybody else, I shudder when the Dow Jones takes a tumble. Or when I think about all the bucks I shell out for health insurance.

But insecure?

Nope.

Where’s the security in the old 9-to-5 treadmill?

When I worked for Corporate America years ago, I spent most of my “water cooler time” fretting with co-workers about rumored company restructurings, or realignments, or reorganizations.

Our primary work motivation was to keep from getting caught in the inevitable layoffs.

So there’s no security in a job. And here’s why…

You’re not in control of your own life when you work a job. You’re only as secure as the company’s future and whether the powers-that-be know what the hell they’re doing.

Four years after I finally got “surplussed” — i.e., axed — in a massive cost-cutting move, the company CEO negotiated a merger that erased tens of thousands of jobs but secured him a $30 million retirement package.

So I ask you, who’s more secure? The person with the treadmill job or the self-employed one who relies on their own skills, perseverance, determination, and willingness to learn and grow?

I know, I know. Jumping out of the job market and into the jobless arena seems daunting. And admittedly, it’s no piece of cake.

But if you long for security, lemme tell ya, you’ll never find it out there.

You’ll only find it within yourself.

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