The Quiet Revolution

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.

~ Joseph Campbell

Many of us grew up hearing stories about our immigrant ancestors and their pioneering spirit - how they bravely embraced the unknown and left home, family and friends to pursue a better life in a new country. That better life typically included self-employment. While it can sound romantic, it wasn’t particularly unique for the 19th and most of the 20th centuries.  In 1900, 90% of people still worked in small businesses that remained in the same family for decades.

Things began to change with the Industrial Revolution. People scrambled to align themselves with big companies that promised safe modern working conditions and a secure paycheck, so that by the end of the last century more than 90% of people now worked for someone else.  Chances are you grew up with adults who went off to work in the morning to a job you may not have known much about, and who often returned home tired and grumpy after a long day. When it came time for you to decide on a career, you were probably told to go for a safe and secure job…and if you objected you were reminded that work wasn’t supposed to be “fun”. 

Well, the wheel is turning once again. The Great Recession of the early 2000’s has kick-started a new entrepreneurial movement. It’s a “quiet revolution” led by individuals who are challenging the employment status quo, and technology is on their side.  More people than ever are entering the brave new world of self-employment, in search of greater freedom, flexibility and fulfillment in their work. 

Of course whenever you explore new territory you can expect to encounter detours and obstacles, and being an entrepreneur is no exception. You won’t always get things right the first time. But if you’re committed to learning from your stumbling blocks (your mistakes) and turning them into stepping-stones, you’ll do just fine – and more than likely find a valuable treasure that “neither moth or rust can corrupt, nor thieves break through and steal.”

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