I tried to pick the most delicious looking meal I could find for this article. Simply because there is a huge point to prove about the hands that “feed” us. So if your mouth is watering, i’ve done my job.
A couple of months ago I wrote an article about why the economy is failing. The article mentions how we need entrepreneurs to keep generating businesses that create jobs. It also mentions how we need middle class workers in those roles in order for the economy to continually thrive.
To be even more blunt, this article is specifically for anyone who continually insults “people who work for other people.” Let’s be clear, if you run a business technically you still “work for someone”. Or at least that is the mentality I would want an ideal business owner to have if i’m giving money to them. You work for your customers to ensure that they receive the best product and customer service possible. That’s how you get “customer retention”. If you have employees, you work for your employees to ensure that they are treated fairly so that they can help the company reach it’s goals. That’s how you get “employee retention”.
Essentially the benefits of owning your own business are creating your own products & services, hiring and firing when necessary. As well as making your own hours, though there will be times that those hours will still need to be in tune with your customer base.
I think there is a disconnect in understanding the economy and how we get fed. This world would not properly operate if people didn’t work for people.
So please allow me to explain the people who work for people lifecycle to you:
- This morning someone who works for a shipping company, got up at 2am to ensure your packages were delivered to your client. Before that someone ensured they were properly inspected and labeled.
- For the past 4 days, a truck driver has been driving to deliver food to your favorite wholesale store. So you can eat your favorite foods while you grow your business.
- Every night someone is monitoring the servers for your website to ensure that they remain stable. If they go down this person will have to stay up until the issue is resolved.
- For the past 6 months, several departments from your favorite social media platform have been working on a new and engaging feature. So that you can continue to engage your clients on social media, without leaving the comfort of your home.
- Last night someone got up and shoveled the roads that your customers travel on, so that they can go to work and continue paying for your product or service.
- In 100 degree Texas heat, someone extended a highway so that more people can get to your business.
I could go on with this list. However, the point that I am making is be careful of biting the hand that feeds you, because it is the hand that drives your business. We all have goals and sometimes our goals do include serving others.
This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t be proud of your accomplishments or tell people about themselves when you need to. Just be sure that when you tell people “like it is”, or how you think life should be, that it’s not someone who actually enjoys serving you and other people. It’s kind of like coming over someone’s house and putting your feet on their coffee table. One more thing, make sure you wash your hands before dinner.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
― Mahatma Gandhi