First off, let me just say that I am an employee and have been for 24 years. Of course, my goal is to not be an employee and have an online business where I work for myself, so I am not knocking being an employee…much.

The world needs employees. If it didn’t, we wouldn’t get to wait in line at Walmart for 25 minutes or be put oh hold indefinitely by Sprint customer service. Not every man or woman was meant to be a business owner, creating their own destiny, and enjoying the freedoms that so many other people can only wish for. <insert heavy sarcasm>

Sadly, far too many of us choose the path of least resistance and that path is working for the man. It’s not really a surprise that employees out number business owners by about 500,000 to 1, given the fact that school never taught us the skills we needed to actually succeed in business.

Being an employee is not the worst thing that can happen to us, but the again, it does sorta kinda suck. There are so many opportunities to create a better life for ourselves, create a business that we own, and build our own dreams instead of some faceless CEO’s.

There are so many factors that play into why a person will continue to work for someone else.

Here are 10 of the top reasons:

  1. You are lazy. Hey, I’m lazy too, but I choose to do something productive every day! By productive, I’m not talking about getting your Level 48 Half-Orc Barbarian a new set of magic armor in World of Warcraft, I’m referring to doing something towards a goal that will make your life better. Plus, sending out resumes is hard….
  2. You are a sheep. If you’re like most people, you like to be led and given direction. That’s not always a bad thing, some people just do better when being told what to do. Not everyone can be a leader and it takes a lot of hard work to get good at it. I’m not saying I’m Nelson Mandela or anything, but in order to be successful in business, it definitely helps.
  3. You have no ambition. Some people just don’t get it. They don’t strive for anything better than they already have and that’s exactly what they get..nothing. These chronic under-achievers will slave away at a meaningless job for 40 years without ever having thought about what their life could have been like of they had just gotten off their asses and done something about it.
  4. You’re ignorant.These folks will never get ahead and will always be someones employee because they don’t know any better. They don’t even know that they don’t know this. How can someone get out of a lousy job when they don’t even know there is something better out there?
  5. Fear of losing your job. I know sooo many people who are afraid to lose their jobs, especially in a troubled economy. They walk on egg shells and kiss their bosses ass. Personally, I cannot stand that crap. I don’t care if you are my boss, if you’re an asshole, I am not going to hide that fact that I think that’s what you are. People tell me all the time that I’m lucky to have a job when so many don’t. Maybe so, but I’ve never looked at it that way. I think that harboring that fear of loss keeps so many people from trying to realize their dreams.
  6. Fear of failure. Life is too short not to try to something amazing with your life and failure is a part of making that something happen. Success comes through trial and error (i.e. failure), but too many people will never take that leap. It’s truly a shame never to try, but it happens every day.
  7. Low self worth. Unfortunately, too many of us simply don’t have the confidence to aim higher than our current jobs. For whatever reasons, we just don’t feel like we’re worthy to have a better job or to earn more money. A lot of psychological reasons can keep us back from realizing our full potential and guess what…most of it is garbage. We allow ourselves to believe we aren’t worth it and when we truly believe that, it becomes our truth.
  8. Sense of loyalty. Loyalty is great on many levels, but when it comes to sacrificing your happiness because you feel you owe it to your boss to work for them, that’s when it becomes a problem. I’ve seen this first hand and it pisses me off. Someone will actually continue working for an asshole because they feel obligated. You have to take care of your happiness first and believe me, your boss will be fine.
  9. No long-term goals. It’s a fact that 97% of people do not have any written long-term goals. With all the research that has been done showing the enormous benefit to writing your goals down, you would think everyone would be doing it. Nope. Why? Because it takes time, thought, and follow up. Americans are unbelievably lazy and would much rather do something mindless like watch Desperate Housewives than sit down and write out their goals. So sad, so sad.
  10. You actually like it. This is something I just don’t understand. I have been an employee for a long time and have never enjoyed working on someone else’s clock. I’m told when to eat, when I can go home, how much time I can take off, and it sucks. Call me a cynic (or maybe an asshole), but for the life of me, I cannot figure out why a person would actually want to work for someone else.

All I can say is that I’m glad that those people are out there, because if all employees we’re as miserable as I am, shopping would really, really suck.

At some point, I think most people in their lifetime will seriously think about owning their own business in some capacity or another. For most though, it’s just a pipe dream and forgotten just as quickly as it came. If you’re anything like me, hopefully you will realize that there is a better way than employment.

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