A couple of years ago, around this time of year, I had managed to be sitting in a corporate office once again working as a contractor. In retrospect, it was an awful experience for me.
20 years ago, when I turned 40 I quit my job at Wells Fargo Bank. The first day I walked into that corporate office a couple of years ago felt EXACTLY like the day I quit my job at WFB twenty years before.
It wasn’t that the work wasn’t fun, and the money of course was good, but the reality was I was selling my time, my LIFE, so someone else could earn money for my efforts in exchange for giving me just enough to pay for all the things I had bought (a house, a car, etc…) to establish and maintain my “lifestyle”. I was one of the lucky minority but it was completely ridiculous because I knew people who didn’t have a pot to piss in and in the process of saying I QUIT, I eventually became one of those people without a pot to piss in, without a chair when the music stopped.
Having driven Uber for the past 3 years I see and hear things that were impossible for me to see and hear while sitting in some corporate office waiting for my 2 o’clock to start. For example instead of it being “normal” for me to march like cattle on my way to the slaughterhouse each morning, it became “normal” for me to pass by homeless camps on my way to pick people up and drop them off at fancy apartments and office complexes. If I wanted to I could’ve spent the past 8 years trying to land one of those corporate jobs, but instead I’ve continued to be an entrepreneur.
I’m grateful I’ve had the opportunity to work in the corporate environment, and if it works for you more power to you, for me I felt like it was sucking the life out of me and I wouldn’t recommend people following that path because of that.