As of Thursday, January 8, 2010, I am the boss of me! I’ve heard that expression a million times before but I never understood its true meaning. Beyond the basic idea of self-employment, there’s a hidden thought behind those three words. Let’s break it down grammatically – “I” is the subject and “Me” is the object – so if you think about it, I am the boss and I am the employee! Aside from this being a logical deduction, it is a FACT!
When you decide to work independently and have complete autonomy, you are actually taking on two roles (at least) – the role of the boss and the role of the employee. It sounds slightly schizophrenic but this is exactly how I feel. As a boss, you have to impose certain rules and regulations that need to be followed by the employee. So when you actually set out to finish a project, as a boss you’re assigning it to the employee, who in turn needs to deliver it on time to the boss. If the employee element did not inherently exist in the “I am my own boss” phrase, then failure is inevitable. As a boss of no one, you will feel like you have no responsibilities; you will find yourself wasting your time doing nothing!
I’m not sure whether the gravity of what I said is understood or not – but from my own short experience of being my own boss I think it is crucial for my success to take that to heart. The first thing my friends told me after they found out that I no longer want to be employed was “this is amazing, now you can wake up any time you want … you can decide to take a whole month of vacation, you have no one to report to …” All that is true, but this same formula could result in my failure. This is where I, as a boss, hired a new employee (me again). This employee wakes up a certain time, has a fixed and clear schedule, has clear objectives and targets, and has deadlines to meet and he report to the boss.
I would like to credit my mom, Dina Antonios, who has always pushed me to go out there and Crush It – she’s the perfect example of “I am the Boss of Me” – she has been working on her own since 2003 and she has not failed as an employee or a boss once – she has a very sacred routine that she has followed since the date of her initiation. As an employee in my previous jobs, I used to take sick leaves and find excuses for breaks, but as self-employed individual, mom never failed to show up once to her work – her passion is an inspiration and I hope I can one day have the commitment she has!
“With freedom comes responsibility” – Think About It!