How corporate jobs can be your biggest motivators to become an entrepreneur

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Are you feeling desperate in your corporate jobs? Changing companies every 1-2 years, looking for a better place but always ending up disappointed, tired, and demotivated? 

This is for you then. I am going to show you how corporate jobs can be your biggest motivators to become an entrepreneur. How to shift your mindset from a bad job situation to a motivation to become your own boss and become an entrepreneur.

I started my first full-time job in 2008 – seems like a lifetime ago. I was young, still in college, and had barely any idea what it is about or how am I supposed to feel. I have dreamt of nice offices, kind and helpful people, amazing career opportunities, a decent salary, and a proper work-life balance. Basically, I wanted what everyone else wants. Little did I know that such thing as a perfect job doesn’t exist. There is always something that won’t match your needs. Here is what I learned.

1. The bad salary

At my first job I was a novice, I was still studying economics at one of the best universities of Hungary, and becoming a credit analyst at a bank seemed like a big deal. I always imagined that those who work in a bank have amazing salaries. I was wrong, like so many other people who have the same perception. I wasn’t expecting my salary to be as the CEO’s, but I truly thought that the rest of the company does have a decent one. I was wrong.

As I changed jobs and companies I had to face the same problem around salaries. The more time I spent in corporate the more I realized that working hard doesn’t always mean money in your pocket, but it depends on many other factors: your boss, your relationship with your boss, other’s relationship with your boss, how you market yourself, how close you can get to the fire,  and sometimes just how much luck do you have.

I knew even at that first job, that I hate the idea of being dependent on other people’s moods and ideas about how much I should earn. This feeling grew bigger over the years. I wanted to be able to decide how much I am worthy and to know that there is no other person deciding on my future, only me.

When you find your own field of interest it will be easy to stay motivated, keep learning and growing, and eventually, you will realize that you can make money just by doing what you enjoy the most. And there is no upper limit to your salary, you can always earn more and decide how much your worth is.

2. The bad industry

If you are like me, you might have ended up once in your lifetime in a position that wasn’t your topic at all. The reason I did it was because back then all my friends were working in serious companies (investment banks, multinational companies) and I wanted to be part of that group. I thought that is how I become important and more successful.

It didn’t take too long to see, it is not the right fit for me. My interest and education were more toward creative topics rather than dry reports and countless numbers on paper. I didn’t feel good at all, because I wasn’t doing anything I enjoyed there.

Shortly I realized, I should not choose my jobs based on what my friends are feeling good at and how could I be part of that group, but on what makes me feel good. That is why becoming an entrepreneur was the best idea for me.

3. The bad position

Have you ever had the feeling that some jobs can be done without extra knowledge because you can just learn what has to be done and that’s enough? I had this experience at one of my jobs. It was totally the topic I was interested in, but unfortunately, the company’s structure wasn’t allowing too many options for the future.

I learned everything I had to do, but after a few weeks, it started to be boring. I tried to get more tasks to fulfill this need of doing more, but eventually, every task was just the same. Easy to learn, hard to keep motivated.

I totally get it now, there are jobs that are like this and it is okay, but they are clearly not for me. I long for creativity, challenge, learning, and growing. I want to feel energized and useful – and all this I have to create for myself.

When you have similar feelings, you should check in with yourself and see what you truly want. I knew I wanted something more, something bigger, that there is much more in me and that my time was more valuable to spend in a position I couldn’t grow in.

If you ever feel the same way, stop for a while and try to answer these questions:

  • How is this job make me feel?
  • What am I learning in this position?
  • How is this contributing to my future plans?
  • What can motivate me to stay here?

If you answer all questions honestly, you will know whether your job is the right fit for you.

4. The bad people

I believe that there are certain places that attract similar people, similar attitudes, belief systems, and bad energy – maybe because the management is looking for similar kinds of people or it just happens. Yet, many of us end up once in a lifetime in a company where people are a problem.

You certainly have no idea about this in the beginning. If you’d do, you’d probably never apply for that job. It takes time until you figure out the dynamics and see with clear eyes whose intentions are good and who should you stay away from as far as possible.

Something I’ve learned in all of my jobs is to never let my guard down. I had to learn on my own skin that these people are not my friends and they never will be. Everyone is trying to reach their own goals and competition within a company can go really bad.

Working with bad people was one of my biggest reasons to be an entrepreneur. I got fired up about their behavior and the way they acted behind my back. I got super motivated to build my own company where I can work alone and also have the power to choose whom to work with.

I changed jobs when I could but the best was to become my own boss. Releasing the stress that bad people caused me was the best idea ever. Now I am excited every day to work on my projects, I have the liberty to choose who I work with, and who I partner with and I can easily turn away when something doesn’t feel right. This liberty is so valuable.

5. The bad boss

In the different jobs, I’ve been working at I had all kinds of bosses: the work alcoholic, the control freak, the incompetent, the lazy, the crazy, the clown, and the know-it-all. There were of all kinds.

This might be the same for you and unfortunately, it is never going to be perfect, but if you manage to see the situation differently, this could be one of your best motivators to become an entrepreneur.

I am not saying I would be the best boss in the world or that I could do everything much better. I have been on the other side, I was a boss and I certainly had issues as well, but I learned from them, so this is not the part where I am judging. This is the part where I am telling you how a bad boss could be your biggest cheerleader to build your own business.

Let it be a pusher, a controller, the one that bullies you in front of others, the one who puts all his responsibility on you, or just the one who never cares about you.  It doesn’t matter, because this all comes back to the same end – if your boss doesn’t treat you with respect, nor does he/she acknowledge your hard work – that can ruin the way you show up at work.

I had several wake-up calls, it just never went far enough for my cup to be spilled. You know when you get the signs but you just don’t see what they mean. Then there is one moment when you get to the “this is enough” point and finally, start to make changes in your life.

We all have this and I am here to tell you, you are not alone.

Keep your eyes, ears and most of all heat open and if something doesn’t feel right, just leave. Maybe you’re not ready to start your own business yet, it’s okay. But do something about it. Talk to HR or a friend, maybe a co-worker if you trust them. Just do something.

When you get to this point, you will become a different person, because you will act differently. You will do things you’ve been just dreaming about before. And it is going to be AMAZING.

Trust me, I’ve been there and I can tell wholeheartedly, that this wake-up call was like a match to a dry forest. I decided to take my life into my own hands, and this decision made me feel more confident and energized. The best part of it? When I finally took control I saw the results shortly after.

So I am telling you, never forget that every bad work situation could be your biggest motivation for a better life. It could be building your business, changing jobs, or starting a new hobby. Whatever it would be, you have the power to change.

Now it’s your turn. Have you ever felt like your corporate job was your biggest motivator in becoming an entrepreneur? What helped you take action?

Leave a comment below and let me know. I’d love to read your stories. 🙂 

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