“I got my start by giving myself a start.” – Madam C.J. Walker
Friday night I was surfing the ‘net, checking out some site geared towards entrepreneurs and I came back to YFS Magazine (Young, Fabulous, & Self-employed) after having discovered it a few days prior. There were a number of great articles/blog posts that I found insightful and timely, but perhaps the most important one was ‘10 Signs You’re an Entrepreneur‘ by Erica Nicole.
As I started reading the list, there were a few ‘characteristics’ that didn’t really evoke any emotion within in me, but I continued to read on any way. Then I got to #6: ‘You Like To Run Things. You like to be in control- in command, to manage, to organize…whichever connotaion helps you sleep a bit easier at night….’ I kind of chuckled at first, but then thought about it. I have never been the type of person to demand being in charge, as I’d much rather work behind the scenes to ensure that things run smoothly. But as I sat and thought about that, it made me remember something my supervisor said: ‘You can be so uptight sometimes…you take things too seriously.’ Hmmm…. I always thought the purpose of working was to do your job well, or to produce a product or service worthy of praise/appreciation from the customer. Was I wrong? When did ‘doing your job’ stop being about quality and start being about something else entirely? When did it become acceptable to make people wait for service when there were enough able-bodied people available to help them? When did it become about ‘slacking off’ when we saw a co-worker start their shift? When did it become about using ‘Oh, I don’t know how to do that’ as an excuse for all the tasks we’d rather not do? If this is what the workplace has become, I have clearly overstayed my welcome. My desire to do things the correct and professional way have caused some confusion: Somewhere along the way I became too uptight or tightly wound, or a control freak even.
If taking pride in my work is now synonymous with the above-referenced characteristics, at least now I know with 100% certainty I will be one hell of an entrepreneur!