You are the Boss of you

I know I’ve said that not everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur. Maybe I need to rephrase that. Not everyone is cut out to run their own business. I do believe that whether or not you sign your own paycheck, you are responsible for yourself and how you move forward in career and life.

A friend who works in academia used the term “entrepreneur of knowledge” yesterday. He was disappointed that his students knew little about how to write or visually express what they had learned. They were acquiring an education, but were depending on others to recognize the benefit.

He encourages his classes to take courses in photography, creative writing, and video production.   The suggestion being that they are the ones who have to take initiative with what they have learned and find ways to express it.

That is true no matter what the discipline, from coding to managing. You can’t expect anyone else to recognize and exploit your talent any better than you can do it yourself.

We increasingly live in the age of the ‘gig’ economy. Full time work is being dis-intermediated by freelance.   Along with greater autonomy comes greater demand to communicate what we know and why it is important.

So, in the end, you are the boss of you. Take it on.

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