I want to talk with you about 2 seemingly contradictory things over the next couple of weeks – Security and Freedom.
They seem to be opposite sides of the same coin… but it’s important to understand them both, so that we can find ways to have both security and freedom in our careers.
I’ve been thinking a lot about it, particularly as I look at the news and see the government shut down and all of those government employees. My guess is a lot of them took government jobs because of the extra job security. Yet, here’s something that they hadn’t expected, weren’t prepared for, and have no control over. They don’t have their jobs and they haven’t for a month now.
I looked back at my own life and wondered if there was a time I had gone through something similar. One of the first recessions I went through really impacted me. I started hearing on the news that people would lose their jobs, there’d be inflation, prices and interest rates were going up, and all I could think was “What am I gonna do? What’s going to happen to me?”
But then I stopped and really thought about it, and realized that I wasn’t going to be affected by it at all. I wouldn’t lose my job because I didn’t have one. I had a business, and it changed the way I was thinking.
Yes, a business can be affected by a financial turn. But it’s important to understand that when owning a business as opposed to having a job, you have a greater sense of control. Even if your business is affected by a recession or economic turndown, you can adapt. You can create new offers and sell different products or services, and you can change what needs to be changed in order to keep moving forward.
For me, it was equally important that I was in a business with residual and leveraged income. Because of that, even though my business should’ve been affected by that recession, my income was exactly the same as what it had been.
Traditional job security is a tradeoff… it’s loss of control. Loss of the ability for you to go and make a difference in your life when you’re hit by something that’s out of your control. And that’s why I’m a real advocate for people having businesses – even sideline ones.
Think about how that would’ve affected some of those people during the government shutdown. If they had a sideline business, they would’ve been able to spend weeks or even months working on that when they didn’t have their jobs to support them. It would’ve eliminated the worry or concern that those people have now. They would’ve had career security.
Career security means that no matter what happens, no matter what comes your way, you know that you’ll be able to support yourself. You have the freedom to change your business as needed, so that you have the security to face the future. That’s something you can’t get any other way.
To me, taking charge of my life and my career, that’s security.
What does it mean to you?
What Did You Think of What Defines Career Security?
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