Being successful without being an entrepreneur

Posted: May 29, 2007 in Blogging, blogroll, Blogs I'm reading!, entrepreneurs, F4Y Picks, Family, Finance For Youth, Friends, Jobs, Life, Relationships, School, Working

I got more than a few emails about yesterday’s post, so I thought it might be a good idea to talk about it.

Some people have, or think they have the entrepreneurial spirit. They feel that the only way for them to succeed in life or in business is to become their own boss. This belief is strengthened by several PF “professionals” who say the same thing in books, blogs, TV appearances, etc. They may do this for several reasons, such as believing they have an idea for the “next great thing”, or they may have difficulty holding down a traditional job and believe the only remedy is for them to work for themselves. There are several other reasons, and each of them is equally valid, but that’s not the point.

Others, don’t like the risk that comes with going into business for one’s self. I fall into that group a lot. I don’t have a mad-on for business, or even my boss. I may disagree with the way they do things, and I quite frequently know about something that has proven to be better than the current way of thinking, and that’s okay. Some people believe that this knowledge makes me the perfect candidate to start my own business, but I personally believe it makes me a better perspective employee for future employers.

That being said, there is nothing wrong with not wanting to be an entrepreneur. Some people thrive as long as they work for someone else. Whatever decision you make on the subject, do yourself a favor and make sure you are doing it for the right reasons. If you choose not to be an entrepreneur, here’s my 10 random tips to help you with that.

1. Do everything to the best of your ability. If you are going to do something, there is no reason to do less than 100%.

2. Learn from everyone! No matter how stupid someone is generally, they can still teach you something– even if its how not to do something.

3. Stay away from office politics. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it many times over. There are people out there who will be better than you at the games.

4. If someone above you asks a question, always answer it, even if it gets someone else in trouble. Whoever gets in trouble should have thought about that before hand.

5. Never show up late. Never leave early.

6. If possible, try and be the first one there, and the last one to leave at the end of your shift. Make sure you are always working, but don’t go into overtime unless your boss asks you.

7. Always act with honor and integrity.

8. Don’t ever show up to work drunk, hung-over, or stoned.

9. Remember that most people will have more experience than you. Show some respect to these people.

10. Don’t be afraid to not know everything. Feel free to ask questions or for help. Never let your ego control your career.

If you have others, you know what to do!

-W

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