By Smart Emmanuel
Many employed individuals are the back bones of the organisations where they work, what they fail to realise is the fact that they are actually the driver of such companies. Let me break it down for you; CEOs of companies often do not execute projects, they merely get the contracts, put the terms in a file and drop it on your table to rack your brain and find solutions to whatever he has promised the client. Some are magnanimous enough to join the strategy session while some merely perform what I call advisory or quality control functions. In a nutshell, their job is to sign the contract and provide a platform for you as an employee to execute.
Who says you cannot provide the platform for yourself if you are good at what you are doing?. What is holding you back is FEAR of the unknown which in most cases are false. Fear will continue to put you on an average scale while boldness will move you swiftly to the next big-level.
For example, I have a friend who is a news reporter with a popular online platform in Lagos, Nigeria, he was practically writing and reporting all the articles for the platform and they are doing really good. Despite all his contributions, he was not well paid, his welfare was not being looked into and the work condition was below average. It was until I spoke to him about he being the sole administrator of the online platform that he realised that. I told him that online space is very wide, that he can run his site from his home and the only time he will be hitting the traffic is when he is going out to interview a subject. He took the bold step, built his site, as I am writing this article; he has grown so much that advertisers book up front to get a slot on his site.
You can be an entrepreneur, the only thing you need to do is “MURDER” your FEARS, your CEO is not better than you, he only took a bold step and provided a platform where you are executing his dream rather than yours.
Finally, please don’t let lack of finance discourage you from realising or at least starting your dream. There are many ways to raise interest-free loan for your business or at most a loan with minimum interests. If you an engineer for example, you can do big jobs outside your 9 to 5 for your personal clients without biting into your office time. A friend of mine who is an engineer with a firm in Lagos is doing this and he is doing really well. His official salary is so little that it can barely take him half the month. He established a relationship with some clients he has worked with on behalf of his company, those clients have friends who are into the same line of business, they introduced my friend to them. That is how his journey to financial freedom started. He has built his house, drives a Lexus SUV and goes on vacation wherever he wants; he is still earning his meagre salary from the company that provided him a platform to exercise his expertise. Please, build RELATIONSHIPS while you are working, it is the surest way to be independent.
Finally, the obstacle in your life is you, you can soar to any length you want, please give yourself a chance today. Remember, he that controls your finance, controls your life because you cannot sleep, spend time with your family travel etc on your own terms .