I have come across tons of people who are tired of the way companies and their bosses have treated them. I say “Don’t put up with it!” It is time all employees-YOU- become entrepreneurs. The people I have talked are concerned about their career potential and are fed up with:

  • Being overlooked for a deserved promotion
  • Constant unending, seemingly mindless change
  • Little recognition
  • Personal abuse
  • Minimal pay increases
  • No bonus
  • Benefit cuts
  • Layoffs

Author Judith McQuown encourages everyone to Inc.Yourself, in her best selling book. Whether or not you start your own business, you are in business for yourself. All employees need to think that way, and have a sense of urgency about it. For example, while companies have been sitting on record cash, millions of the jobs lost in the great recession are gone forever. Too many companies treat employees poorly, and say one thing and do another. (See my earlier post, ‘7 Fairy Tales Companies Tell Employees’.) Today, your only security is YOUR competence, creativity, courage, and commitment. Jeremy Rifkin, author and advisor to world leaders on the impact of technology and social change, says the vertical companies are in peril and dinosauric. In his book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society, he describes a new kind of economy where value is driven by collaboration not capitalism. Companies would benefit tremendously if they fostered entrepreneurialism within but most won’t; so don’t wait on them. The future world economy and wealth is about entrepreneurs. Become one today! An employee entrepreneur is one who seizes opportunities while merging preparation and risk. Consider these quality actions for preparation and a personal breakthrough.


In Russia there is a saying, “No initiative goes unpunished.” That’s what most companies want from you–don’t rock the boat. Entrepreneurialism is the opposite–sink or get out of the boat, and create a better way to travel. So, don’t wait for your boss to come to you. See a problem and handle it. Seek an opportunity and take it. That’s how you learn and excel. While it’s risky, you will grow, get educated and stand out from the crowd.


Your status quo must be learning and relearning. Like an Olympic athlete that trains year round to improve and beat the competition, engage yourself in all of the self-discovery, training and education you can. Your new knowledge will help inspire your thoughts and vision. Always be reading a new book, attending Webinars and participating in 4-6 experiential programs a year. Check out Daniel Priestley’s book for further development on becoming an entrepreneur.


What is your strength? Expand it. Maybe it’s writing, so start a blog. Maybe it’s woodworking, so take pictures of your work and put them on Facebook and Pinterest. Maybe it’s speaking, so get on YouTube and join Toastmasters. Others have already done things like this. One day these activities may lead you to your next career–as an expert in your field. Richard Branson said, “My biggest innovation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long university education that I never had – every day I’m learning something new.”


Seek the next job even if you like the one you have. Ask for more responsibility. Get involved. Be the person who others count on to get things done. Experiment-you can start small and begin an online business. Yet, a successful entrepreneur that I interviewed stated this. “My biggest mistake is that I didn’t think big enough.”


My business partner and I started our consulting firm over nineteen years ago. We faced many challenges and difficulties, mostly from our unwillingness to change. With persistence, we learned to embrace it and thrive. So can you. Persistence is defined as: firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition. Are you up to it?


In your current job, make a commitment to meet people. It opens you to new ideas and possible jobs. Connect to others inside your company, and out. Build your social reach. Bill Gates predicts, “The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow.” Ramp up your social media presence. Why? All of these and others are good for your writing skills, presentations skills and networking. Attend conferences and roundtables. In all of these activities–engage others. If you want to stay with your current company, excellent. Gain all you can until you decide to leave on your terms. Don’t wait to get started, your company could ask you to leave in a heartbeat. So, get prepared by doing all of the above and more while having as much fun as you can.

This is about the difference you make and your dreams, not someone else’s. What could be more exciting and entrepreneurial than that? Steve Jobs admonished us all, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”


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