I was checking out Steve Pavlina's web site, and came across an interesting article which basically outlines the benefits of being self employed and working for a more passive income. He makes some excellent points, one of which I want to outline here:
Getting a job is like enrolling in a human domestication program. You learn how to be a good pet.
Look around you. Really look. What do you see? Are these the surroundings of a free human being? Or are you living in a cage for unconscious animals? Have you fallen in love with the color beige?
How’s your obedience training coming along? Does your master reward your good behavior? Do you get disciplined if you fail to obey your master’s commands?
Is there any spark of free will left inside you? Or has your conditioning made you a pet for life?
Humans are not meant to be raised in cages. You poor thing…
I find this to be an interesting point. Nobody works a nine-to-five because they want to. We are in effect being domesticated into a work life. I've been a big proponent to being self employed as long as I can remember. My parents, during my lifetime, never worked for someone else. We went from lumber yard, to rental yard, through farming to finally end up with a custom meat cutting facility. Technically my mother now works for someone, but if you think her job is ordinary, you've got another thing coming. Currently I do have a corporate master, but I also have two other businesses in which I contribute some time. The first is a partnership in photography, and the other is as an independent adviser.
I wouldn't go so far as Steve did, and say that you should never get a job. I think they fit into a great deal of people's lives, and most projects can get done in less time with more humans working on them. Skyscrapers would never get built if one person didn't pay a bunch of others to build it. What should be done, is find a job you love, then it feels less like work. I currently enjoy my daytime pen. The work is challenging, the people are fun. It is true that at times it is frustrating, but that comes with the territory. If you think that being self-employed means it's all just a bunch of roses, you are dead wrong.
Everything of value in life, takes time to get, I believe we just need to be efficient in the time we spend. It is, after all, the only commodity we have in limited supply.