Many future business owners first work a traditional job because that’s the pattern laid out in our society. They realize there must be a better way and start to dream of getting out of the cubicle. A lot of frustration and resentment can build up over their situation. If they never get brave enough to leave the cubicle and start that business, they can turn bitter and cynical.
There’s a better way of looking at your job as an aspiring business owner. Think of it as job training for your future business. By making the most of the job that you have to teach you business skills now, you’ll be that much more prepared for when you do take the leap. Instead of seeing your job as just a way to pay for your living expenses and save capital for your business, see it also as a classroom.
Your current position can provide you with a wealth of knowledge, skills, and contacts that will help you when you do break free. Even the simple discipline of going to work every day and working hard is important. Most would-be business owners think that starting their own business will make them work less, but it is often a years-long slog to get off the ground. Opening a business is hard work and it may take quite a while before you can feel comfortable stepping away and letting your subordinates handle it.
You also get another hidden benefit by treating your current job as a stepping stone rather than an obstacle to your business dreams. You learn to be grateful for what you have. Too often, people in superior positions say that we should be grateful for what you have in a condescending way. We don’t mean it like that. Instead, we genuinely believe that you can cultivate gratitude for the experiences you get at your job when you can see how they will help you in the future.
Got a bad boss now? Learning how to work with them can help you deal with bad clients later. See an inefficient process but can’t improve it? Be grateful you can see the inefficiency and remember how you can make it better. Just a shift in perspective can help you cultivate gratitude in your life, which has proven psychological and even physical benefits.
Unlike your boss’ admonition to be grateful, you’re not cultivating it so you’ll stay happy and compliant with your current job. You’re using it as an opportunity to learn so you can escape. Perhaps you can find a mentor within management to teach you some things about running a business? Cultivating a contact like this is excellent networking and will serve you well once you do take the leap into your own business.
Don’t be like the rest of your coworkers who hate their jobs. Seize the goodness within your own job so you can use that knowledge to break free and do your own thing. It will bring benefits even before you leave and you’ll learn quite a lot.