People Whose Day Job Brands Them Versus Those Whose Day Job Doesn’t
This is redundant as hell, but have you ever heard people praise the company they work for as if it’s God’s gift to Earth, or something similar?
It annoys me, especially when they take a five-figure annual paycheck to become a slave to an eight or nine-figure corporation.
Before you sit across the table and tell me that’s just the way it is and accept it, let me tell you why writers like myself, plus activists, and others are spreading the word to keep these corporations in check.
Especially when the government colludes with these corporate idiots and forces the people to buy their outdated products. Perhaps they’ll change the label to make it look like something’s new.
As Murray Rothbard, I think it was Rothbard, stated, “The best regulator in a free society is the people.”
Yet, we’re told to accept the fact that corporations own us and there’s nothing we can do but buy from them, enjoy their products, thank them for making the product available to us, and if it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t have such nice products.
Talk about Stockholm syndrome. I love that phrase, don’t you.
Okay, time to list two examples. One of which displays complete corporate Stockholm syndrome who believes everyone should be enslaved by such corporations because “that’s the way it is and I’m far too stupid to think of ways to at least challenge this corporate socialist system in America,” and the other example is a young entrepreneur working a day job to fund his passion and one day make a living off of it.
Enjoy my examples.
The Man Who Let His Day Job Brand Him
On my old blog, and I must repost on this one, I did a short miniseries about The Pepsi Guy, an individual I knew back in a time lost to history.
Anyway, to make a long store short (ain’t that a cliché for the ages?) he was one of those typical wannabe meatheads who always worried about his bench press, shouted regular obscenities in the gym, and had a penchant for breaking weights and machines. Keep in mind this was a commercial health club, not an old school gym where I’d be more than cool with this stuff going on. Heck, I’d probably contribute to the mayhem.
He always talked about how he had to wake up before four in the morning, received little time to relax in the evening, and go to bed before everyone else to repeat the process five days a week (the dude probably shelved $90,000/year, likely before bonuses). The guy talked about this every damn day. Yeah, hard worker, slaving away for a corporation that poisons people. Yeah…
He acted like the hardest worker on the planet and shamed anyone not working a “traditional job.” To him, if you didn’t sweat, you weren’t working hard enough. God forbid if you told him you wanted to be an indie-author. The guy would’ve laughed and asked when your welfare check was coming in.
Hmm, and it was always “Oh, if it wasn’t for them, I couldn’t do this,” or “I’d never be in this position if I worked for someone else.” (Probably Coke).
One of those big talkers, and I mean big talkers, who loved to complain about everyone else and everything under the sun. No one worked hard, and those who succeeded in something unorthodox or at their own thing (if it didn’t involve crazy labor) were just lucky, or mom and dad gave them the money to do this, and that most people had to work their asses off to get to where they were.
Never gave anyone credit for anything.
Anyway, the whole point is we’re not about to let one source of income label us, especially if we have an ulterior motive. As for the Pepsi Guy, it wasn’t the case. His day job branded him and he always cited it, always praised it, fell to his knees and worshipped it.
Indie Authors: Those Whose Day Job Doesn’t Brand Them
Especially as indie-authors, where we’re essentially entrepreneurs. It’s what made me forgo seeking a traditional publisher. I knew if I could land a decent gig to fund this thing, I could use all sorts of paid marketing techniques and really give Lord of Columbia a shot.
Sure, many in the traditional publishing field frown upon us indies, stating we’re either too amateur or too proud to seek out a traditional publisher (Corporation!).
The argument doesn’t hold water for two reasons.
1. Maybe us indie-authors just want to be in charge of, own, and run our own businesses? Look, writing is the first gig I’ve ever pursued where I enjoyed learning the business side. I couldn’t say the same about the fitness industry.
2. Traditional publishers are panicking. If you look at recent trends, indie-authors are taking more of the publishing market by the year while publishers, especially the ‘Big Five,’ have been plummeting in market share.
Here’s my take on the entire scenario:
If you have an entrepreneurial mindset, go indie. It doesn’t mean you’re not good enough or too vein to seek traditional publishing; it means you’re interested in running and owning a business.
However, if you decide to go indie and want to succeed, you better learn the business inside and out. I’m still learning new things about the business and realize I have a lot to do still, but I’ve learned enough about it to give Lord of Columbia a very decent chance in the marketplace.
Even traditional publishers want the author to market while buying the rights to your book. To me, I’m just not that comfortable with it; selling the rights, even if it’s guaranteed money. Also, they’ll control many aspects like cover, description, keywords, etc. Publishers are also banking one or two of their books that they publish sell, and the others will fade away.
In the indie world, if the book doesn’t sell, you can always pull it, rewrite it, rename it, and sell it again under a completely different identity. Traditional publishers won’t grant books second chances, indie-publishing will.
Yet, as indie-authors, the above example shows, we’ll definitely need a nice, little gig to help us fund our campaign. Just like any businessperson, or entrepreneur, we need a cash flow. We need something steady. We need something to hold our heads above water as we build a dynasty…full-time.
We don’t worship another company or anyone else we work for. We exchange our time, and that’s it. We give hours of service for compensation. It’s nothing more than strictly business. We don’t worship corporate entities. We have our own work to attend to. We have our own dreams and desires. It’s what separates us from the masses, those who refuse to go out and get what they want.
They take what they’re given, bend on one knee, and succumb to corporate power. You’re too good for that. We all are, but we’re tricked and bribed into becoming corporate (or government drones). We’re locked into a relationship where our job controls our every move.
And worse yet, they’ll keep upping the ante for us. In a decade, $50,000 per year might turn into $100,000 per year, and the dreamer within us fades away. A soulless drone takes over, ready to worship a corporate empire. Or, an empire itself.
No, as indie-authors, or anyone with an entrepreneurial mindset reading this, you’re better. You’re better than the Pepsi Guy, who sold his soul like a stock to corporations. You’re better than all, the 85-90% of people, who’ve done the same, and those who continue to do so.
Join the 10-15% and keep that dream alive. Somewhere, someone wants to read your work. Someone is going to be inspired, and you’re the inspiration. You’re the motivator, the one helping others keep their dreams alive.
Keep. Them. Alive.
Do your true duty, fulfill your true purpose.
It’s your life and remain in control.
Don’t let your day job brand you, define you, and definitely don’t let them bribe you.
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