I believe that everybody in this world wants to/is going to work for themselves. I don’t know if it’s 50 years from now or 10 years from now, but the world is headed this way.
We will work as an individual freelancer or team up as a startup/small agency. It’s also possible that a completely different type of organization emerges so that people can work autonomously. But this post is not about the form of organization. This is about the liberation from a traditional corporation and its culture.
I believe, at the bottom of our heart, we are fed up with following the rules of a corporation. We aren’t meant to work like a cog in a machine. We are tired of being obedient to our bosses. We aren’t meant to be in hierarchies. We are impatient to be routinized into having the same schedule. We aren’t meant to be controlled how we use our invaluable time.
Muhammad Yunus says,
“All human beings are entrepreneurs. When we were in the caves, we were all self-employed … finding our food, feeding ourselves. That’s where human history began. As civilization came, we suppressed it. We became “labor” because they stamped us, “You are labor.” We forgot that we are entrepreneurs.”
Corporations deprive us of freedom to choose whom we work with, how to use our time, where we work, or what we work on. We lose the meaning of the work at the marginal position of the organization where we cannot see customer’s face.
But no one seems to notice this. Why? Ironically, it is hard to notice this reality because it’s OBVIOUS.
David Foster Wallace explains this phenomena with the story of a fish in his commencement speech.
There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, “Morning, boys, how’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, “What the hell is water?”
But we need to start talking about this elephant in the room. Our work fills a large part of our life, and our quality of life largely depends on quality of our work. It seems to be a natural thing to get a job in a corporation, but this comes from necessity rather than passion. Most of us get a job that we don’t like.
Don’t you think life should be more wild, interesting and meaningful?