My Come To Jesus Dream
Last night I had the most amazing, bizarre, eye opening dream. Now usually I do not remember my dreams, but this morning I woke up and was able to remember great details about the dream. This morning I thought the dream was bizarre no doubt, but as the day progressed I realized how amazing this dream was. Now in order to understand the significance of this dream there are a few points that I have to make.
My first point is that I am one of those crazy risk-takers who decided that entrepreneurship, with all of his valleys and mountains, was more in my best interest than working a traditional 9-5. I have realized that I am a terrible employee and corporate jargon makes me (literally) sick to my stomach.
Now on to the dream.
I was in a corporate board room in the home of some Big 4 accounting firm (my assumptions, of course). I was upset because I had to come in the office for a meeting. I only work for one client and therefore I report to my client’s office every day to complete my accounting tasks. There is never a reason for me to report to the corporate office. This particular day, however, after the meeting was over, the many executives in the office decided that they wanted us to stay longer. For what, I do not know. I do, however, know that I was very upset. I did not want to be in that meeting room no longer than I needed to be.
One of the executives, in her very passive-aggressive corporate way stated that we were obligated to stay for some team building exercise of sorts. What happens next is the craziest thing I have ever seen. The executive commanded that we each take turns sticking our tongues down each other throats. What! Of course not! What kind of sick universe is this? The others in the meeting room complied without complaint like robotic creatures. They absolutely did what they were told, mindless to the fact that the task was ridiculous.
Needless to say, I did not participate in this activity. I abruptly walked out of the conference room. The rest of the dream involves a swampy marsh, a river and a printer built-in to my Ford Explorer, but we won’t decipher those today.
Sounds crazy? Absolutely? Is it relevant? Absolutely! This is why.
For some of you, corporate is perfectly fine. Now for those of us who have our own ideas, our own visions and do not mindlessly walk around sticking our tongues down each other’s throats, we need something different. We need to be free.
My message to all of those today who are thinking of branching out on their own is to follow your gut. Entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. It takes great determination to get up every morning and decide to build something with your own hands not knowing the outcome of your invention. For those who have decided, kudos to you. For those who are on the fence, get off the fence!
Fortunately for us risk-takers, there are loads of good resources to help us along. We entrepreneurs tend to help each other out. Need to create a brand? Hire an accountant? Need consulting help? There is a multitude of wonderful small businesses, some even soloprenuers, who would are available to assist. All it takes is a little research. Believe me, I know.
Take comfort in knowing that you are not the only one who has broken away from your safe parachute called a weekly paycheck to venture into the unknown.
Be a risk-taker.
Be a visionary.