“All I’ve ever wanted was an honest week’s pay for an honest day’s work.” –Steve Martin
What if you don’t want to be an entrepreneur? Is that okay?
Do I want to sit in front of my computer 24/7 and eat lunch in the same spot all by myself each day?
Did you read Tim Ferriss’s, “Four Hour Workweek?“ I did back when it first came out in 2007. The book turned my view of work upside down.
It captured my imagination and no doubt the imagination of millions of other people too.
Hmm, let me get this straight….all I have to do is scale down my expenses, start an online business, work four hours per week and then I can live a location independent life style?
Really? Cool. Count me in!
Fast forward five years to 2012 and I still haven’t figured out how to work only four hours per week. I’m still not “location independent” either. I work pretty much seven days per week in same spot in front of my computer – no working from sandy beaches for me.
This doesn’t seem any different to me than when I was working full time in financial sales on commission. I worked seven days a week then too. The only difference was that when I had a real job I got out. I went to to office, went to see clients and went out to lunch with real people.
You know those emails with the screaming headlines about how if you just “do this one thing” or “buy this one product” then you’ll be set for life as an online marketer – I delete them now.
It seems to me that 90 percent of the allure of online marketing is about exactly what Steve Martin is saying in his quote. It’s the dream of working less but, making more without putting in very much effort. I think this is a bad idea. It’s bad because it’s undermining our work ethic and because it’s a lie.
Plus, not everyone can be an entrepreneur, right? That’s like saying everyone that goes to Hollywood can be an actor. It’s not reality.
I don’t believe the world works like this and frankly if we want to have a world we better wake up and realize society needs “worker bees.” If you want something you have to work for it – a lot.
So, if you don’t want to be an entrepreneur – that’s okay. In fact, I’m a bit envious because you get to eat lunch with real people…
What’s your opinion? Is there ever any “free lunch?” Can you really work less and make more?
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