97% of people in the workforce will go on to work for someone else. That being said, let us keep in mind that there are more successful people who work for someone else than there are successful entrepreneurs
Every where I turn a millennial is starting a new business. Marketing strategy firms, clothing boutiques, photography companies, I mean, the list goes on and on. I had to write this article to set some things straight. It seems like more and more millennials are running away from their 9-5's because they believe success only comes from being an entrepreneur. Before you quit the 9-5 you ACTUALLY enjoy hear me out...
First lets get some definitions out of the way:
1) Wantrepreneur: Someone who has an idea today and does nothing with it. They have the same idea tomorrow, next year, and forever because they like the idea of entrepreneurship but not the idea of acting on it.
2) Entrepreneur: Someone who designs, launches, and runs a new business based on an idea they once had.
Being an entrepreneur is always better than being the wantrepreneur who talks about entrepreneurship. I commend all entrepreneurs who have transformed their ideas into the real thing. It takes true dedication and grit. That being said you CAN be an employee and be successful.
I previously posted on Instagram, "build your own dreams or someone will hire you to build theirs".
I can't refute that statement because it is true. 97% of people in the workforce will go on to work for someone else. That being said, let us keep in mind that there are more successful people who work for someone else than there are successful entrepreneurs. You can work for someone who has the same dream as you! In working for them you are feeding their dream (YES) but you are ALSO feeding your own. Your dream coincides with theirs. This is why I say you should work in a field where your passions are being fed!
How can you be successful if you do not start your own business? Listen, I always say success is subjective and I stand by that. Success is truly about growth and challenging yourself. Many peoples "why" is wanting to change some aspect of how the world operates. They want to be the change they hope to see. Making an impact can happen within your CURRENT place of work. You do not have to venture out and start a whole new business. You can work for a company and progress from 'associate' to 'senior associate' to 'manager' to 'director' to 'vice president' to 'president'. You may start as a teacher at a high school and soon become the principal. My middle school math teacher is the acting principal at my high school...you see where I am going with this?
If you only take one thing from this post take this, follow your passion and the money will follow.