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FI Wants to Know: What’s the Worst Thing About Working For Someone Else?
We know that working for someone else can can be a drag. Fortunately, you don’t have to do it forever, and here at FI, we strive to help people from all walks of life reach their full potential. So, if you are feeling trapped in a job that’s less than desirable, you are not alone - scores of people feel the same way. The question is, are you ready to do something about it?
The articles below explore the increasingly popular topic of dissatisfaction in the workplace, and suggest alternative paths to living a more fulfilling life. After all, why waste another day working towards someone else's goals, or on a project you’re not 100% passionate about?
After you’re done reading, check out the Founder Institute Facebook page and tell us what you dislike most about working for somebody else. The top 5 entries with the most ‘Likes’ will win access to our exclusive e-course, Become a Startup Founder, which features over 80 exclusive training session videos from some of the Founder Institute's best mentors ($400 value).
Click here to tell us what you dislike most about working for someone else.
|Why People Hate Their Jobs
By James Altucher
|I limped out of the meeting and said, “excuse me”, and took the elevator down 67 stories, went to Grand Central, limped home, and never went back to work at that job.
I never returned the constant phone calls and emails over the next month. “James, where did you go?”
For all I know my name is still on my office door and my name is still on their website. I’ve never checked.
I just didn’t feel like going back or talking to them ever again.
|3 Reasons to Never Take Another Job
By Corbett barr
|Let’s face it. Jobs suck.
I spent 13 years of my life working in various jobs, and I never felt right about it. Not once did I feel like I was doing my life’s work.
There was always a little voice in the back of my head telling me “you’ll never be happy working for someone else. When are you going to get the balls to try working for yourself?”
In 2006 I found those balls.
10 Reasons Why 2013 Will be the Year You Quit Your Job By James Altucher
|People read TechCrunch because they want to create something, they don’t want to follow orders all of their lives, and they want financial freedom. I’m being blunt. The above three items feel good. God bless you. Hopefully once you get the three things above, you get to keep them. Most people (i.e. ME) have to ride a roller coaster for awhile because we are stupid. But some people are smart.
Getting the things you want is hard but for reasons I explain below, you now have no other choice. The myth of corporate safety, of rising up through the ranks, of getting the gold watch, of getting applauded by your peers is over. Not because the economy is bad. But because innovation and the global economy are better than ever.
But don’t wait for shortcuts.
|The Top 5 Career Regrets
By Daniel Gulati
|I sat down with 30 professionals between the ages of 28 and 58, and asked each what they regretted most about their careers to date. The group was diverse: I spoke with a 39-year-old managing director of a large investment bank, a failing self-employed photographer, a millionaire entrepreneur, and a Fortune 500 CEO. Disappointment doesn't discriminate; no matter what industry the individual operated in, what role they had been given, or whether they were soaring successes or mired in failure, five dominant themes shone through. Importantly, the effects of bad career decisions and disconfirmed expectancies were felt equally across age groups.|
|Can You Afford to Quit Your Day job?
By Diana Ransom
|When Katie Finnegan and Erica Bell quit their day jobs at a New York-based consulting firm in May 2012 to work on their online fashion startup, Hukkster, they hadn't raised a single cent of funding. The company wasn't even earning any revenue when the twentysomethings decided to jettison their steady paychecks for the promise of startup stardom.
"We were bootstrapping with our own savings to build out the first version of the website," Finnegan says. "It was not the safest leap of faith."