But what I am about to say may take the cake, in your eyes.
To me, there is something very special about somebody who doesn't collect a paycheck from a 'boss'.
And I would argue that the hot dog vendor on the street corner, running his own business, not knowing where his next paycheck will come from, would agree with me.
I have nothing against people who collect paychecks. It's how most of the world operates. And it takes a very unique individual to forego that security and strike out on his own. Even more importantly, it requires a lot of sacrifice. Starting a company is literally like having a child. (I haven't had any children myself, but the parallels between me & my friends with young kids are striking: Neither of us get enough sleep. We're always attending to someone else's needs, etc.)
My point is this: I spend my day around people in the commercial real estate industry, and most of them have unbelievably big egos (side note - for an excellent article on egos & how they affect the work place, read this article by Bo Peabody). And my message to those people is this: If you really want to try testing yourself, if you really want to see what you're made of, go be the hotdog vendor on the corner, not knowing where your next paycheck is coming from. And I'd bet that telling you to aspire to being a hotdog vendor isn't something you'll hear from too many people, but that's my point exactly - it's a very special thing to be an entrepreneur.
so true! I have much more initial respect for the small business owner such a vendor going around serving meals or even the well to do owner of a 7-11 than various professions where one just goes to school an extra 5 years to get a piece of paper that locks them into a $150-200,000 job. It's the entrepreneur who has the gonads. Anybody with a brain can go study and pass tests. Starting from nothing to create something of value is much more admirable rather than the orthodox climbing of a corporate or legal ladder.
This is soooo true. I never really looked at it the way you said about if you really want to see what you're made of go to the Hot Dog vendor. Prior to stepping into the Real Estate world I did Freelance Wardrobe Styling. I was the one responsible for getting my name out there and finding my next job and because I had done this for over 10 years it made the transition into Real Estate much easier. You are your own boss and whether or not you get a paycheck is up to you. When my manager invited me to hang my license with his firm, he told me that because of my background in understanding what freelancing is all about, that I had already conquered what most people entering into Real Estate don't realize. Great post.
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Jim Hopkinson, Wired.com's Marketing Guy and creator ofThe Hopkinson Report, recently interviewed me for his Hopkinson Report podcast. Here's a Tweet of Jim's about the Podcast, and another one about my social media hardware bag and another on my blog posting about how to hire people effectively.
Here is a transcript of the Podcasts
Being a black traveler means that most times, people are staring at you. Some people might hate that, and on occasion, so do I. However, there are times where it has allowed me to capture some amazing photographs. My name is Afiya and I’m a professional people watcher.
Every time I return home from a trip, the first thing I do after taking a hot shower is upload the photos from my camera to my laptop. I usually return with over 1,000 pictures and at least two hours of video but I started noticing an interesting trend: the subject of most of my pictures were people. Whenever I’m planning my itinerary, I always aim to discover all aspects of what makes the country I’m visiting unique; food, eco-tourism, architecture, fashion etc. But I always add a park or a nice street cafe to the list so that I can take time out to de-stress from the hustle and bustle and of course people watch.
People watching isn’t about being nosey. It’s simply allowing yourself to be engulfed in the energy of the people and capturing it if you can. It is observing the group of Buddhist monks in Thailand chatting as they cross the street, or watching a young Thai boy sit between his parents on a motorbike whizzing through traffic. It can even be watching a group of mature Indian women sit and chat with each other or a young Japanese couple indulge in each other in a photo booth in Tokyo. But the most interesting thing to notice is how they notice you. I sometimes snap without even looking at my camera or in the direction it’s facing. Since I’m working with a point and shoot camera, I’m very unassuming. It’s always interesting to see the pictures that I’ve taken because I’m always surprised to notice that most times my subject is looking at me. Smiles, expressions of confusion, curiosity and disgust, are usually the expressions that I see in the photos that I’ve taken.
People are beautiful creatures. We express ourselves freely without even knowing. Our body language and facial expressions can express a plethora of emotions. Our culture shines through us in how we greet others, celebrate, mourn and go about our daily activities. On your next trip, take some time to sit down and people watch. Take in the noise, the emotion, and facial expressions. You’ll be amazed at how much you can learn about a location by means of its people in just a few minutes.