reply to post by CosmicEgg
I choose to create my own income stream(s) for the very simple reason that I don't want my income controlled by another person. I don't want
someone to able to tell me "You're fired!" and then there I am, either not able to pay my bills, or if I'm lucky, using earmarked savings to pay
I have of course worked for other people. My first job was at 17 and I started my own business at 18. That's kind a joke, but technically true. At
the time, my "business" made approximately $100 a month. So not nearly enough to live on, but a good start. I continued working a real job and
running a side business(es) on my own until the age of 23 when I "retired" from the working world. What drove me to do it?
I constantly was afraid I was going to get in trouble or be fired, over stupid things. I mean if you get sick and you call in, you can't control
that. And I'm not talking about someone who calls in over and over and lies about it. I worked a job for 1 year and 4 months, and over that time I
called in ONE TIME. When I got to work the next day, my manager accused me of lying.
Why? I don't know, but I was horribly confused and I hated the out of control feeling it gave me. I couldn't figure out why she would think I was
lying: I was a good or at least decent worker, I had never called in before, I looked and sounded ill, I had a note from the doctor and a prescription
in my purse. Then the doubts set in...is she asking me this because she hates me and wants to fire me or force me to quit?
I don't know. But, enough. Emotionally I couldn't handle working for someone else. Outwardly I appeared normal but the thoughts in my head were
constantly in a worried state. Constantly. At home I'd worry about work. At work I'd worry about work.
Then there's the part where if you don't agree ethically with something, but you do it anyway because you have to because your employer said. I
don't mean illegal, I mean against your personal ethics. It doesn't feel good to do something wrong. It doesn't feel good to -in the course of
your job- royally screw someone.
Now? I never worry about work. I have built multiple streams of income, some passive. If one thing tanks I have other legs in my support system. I
never worry about making money because knowing so many ways to do so makes me feel powerful and in control.
Of course, some people don't have the emotional strength to work for themselves. They worry. The opposite of me, the are content working for
someone else. Depends on how your brain works.