I haven’t worked for “the Man” for nearly three years now. I was let go of my super flashy corporate job. It was the blessing in disguise because I took time off and went to South Africa on a writers course for about a month. One of the best decisions of my life! Afterwards, I did work for an agency and a tech start up for about a year and after that I quit.
Yes, I quit! I couldn’t deal with all the nonsense. To be honest I never fitted in the corporate world or office work. Office work is great and it can be amazing but I got so distracted and so far away from who I was that I did a degree in something I hate. That’s how blinded I got. Because I quit my life changed. I was open to anything and everything. I was thinking of setting up my own marketing services.
I even had my very first client too. Somehow this whole business never materialised. Thank goodness! Intuitively I knew that marketing isn’t it. I met the love of my life. I had space and time for the love of my life which I never had before. I was free as a bird and let go of wanting to control my life and what job am I going to do next. It wasn’t going to be easy but I trusted myself and the universe, god or whatever you want to call it.
I knew that no matter what I will be ok. I will find a way to support myself. Forward a few years I am happily married and gaining a lot more than working for the Man. I have a few people that judge me but that’s ok it’s none of my business what others think of me.
I am coding, sewing, learning two languages (Urdu and Spanish) and saving huge amounts of money by working for myself and my husband. We have a few businesses that are being set up and helping the world to be a better place. We have no investors and no huge capital. We know it takes time to get something up and we are not in a rush. It’s ok if it takes time.
We are developers too. We have a massive project in creating a beautiful home for sale. My time spent in sourcing materials for the house is a lot more valuable than working for the man. Let me explain, if I safe money for the house build the profit will get will be much higher. The money I will earn is a lot more than a job in an office. Working this way, it gives us options unlike working for “the Man”.
The problem I have with most start ups that they all want investors. Why? Do it yourself. It’s like building a house. Why do you need an interior designer if you can do it yourself? All it takes is a bit of effort and time and you are set to go. I don’t need a course in interior design to create a home. My husband has an eye for space. Me with sewing cushions and creating things around the house adds a little bit of soul.
I always feel a little bit inadequate when people ask me what I do. Why should I? Just because I don’t work in a corporate world that doesn’t mean I don’t work. In fact I end up working a lot more than anyone working in an office. My hours are mad and packed with so many things at almost 24/7. Just because I don’t sit in flashy office doesn’t mean I lost my ability to work or my ability to be equal or more to any other person.
I am not comparing myself to others but others compare themselves to me and that is inadequate. What suits me doesn’t suit another person. We are different people and we have different things we like and don’t like. Everyone is different and have different goals in life. Comparison is evil. I focus on where I am going and I wish it to everyone.