Escape from the 9 to 5

In my first post, I talked about wanting to “escape from my cubicle; escape from the 9 to 5”. Which is all good, but some people just do not “get it”. Maybe I am being too figurative. The ones who get it usually share in my desire, where as the ones who don’t say things like “you want to be a bum the rest of your life?”, “Man I would love to have your cushy job”. I never said I wanted to be a bum, and if they really want my job, they can have it.

It is not their fault; most of us were brought up believing that we had to get good grades so we could go to university. That way we could get the “good jobs”. If we got a good job, we would get a decent pay, maybe with benefits or even a pension. After toiling away for 40 or so years, we could retire and enjoy life. Lets see what am I missing, oh yah, the wife, 2.5 kids, and the house with the white picket fence. But I ask you why?

I do not have a problem with people going to school or getting good grades. The part I have a problem with is the “job” part. In this day and age I think that there should be more to life then finding a decent job and working for someone else the rest of my life. I am not against work, but I would rather see the fruit of my labour then make someone else rich. The only problem with that is that I do not want a “job”. I want to be an entrepreneur, or more specifically an internet entrepreneur.

Entrepreneur is a loanword from the French language that refers to a person who undertakes and operates a new enterprise or venture, and assumes some accountability for the inherent risks.

… someone who establishes a new entity to offer a new or existing product or service into a new or existing market, whether for a profit or not-for-profit outcome. Business entrepreneurs often have strong beliefs about a market opportunity and are willing to accept a high level of personal, professional or financial risk to pursue that opportunity. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entrepreneur

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I am a thirty something Canadian who enjoys learning about technology, even if I do not always put that knowledge to good use. I am dyslexic, which just means that I learn differently from the norm. While Dyslexia has been labeled is a disability, I have chosen not to think of it as such. To me I just learn differently, and since no two people learn exactly the same way, it just mean that I learn differently. Since I have been asked this question dozens of time, I will answer it before you ask. No I do not see things backwards. Even if I did, how would I know since I would have always seen things backwards. Something for you to think about.

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