A career in a corporation is like a dream

Working in a corporation seems like a sweet dream with a universal basic income. I’m not talking that you don’t have to do anything. Personally, there is little sense in this for a person. That’s why competent companies come up with corporate culture and all sorts of benefits to plunge talented people into the land of dreams. Outside of this land, there is terrible uncertainty.

Once I was shocked by a simple fact that the owner of several stalls earns no less than a top executive per year. Opening a few stalls is much easier than rising to the top in a corporation, isn’t it?

There was an amazing scene in the movie “Up in the Air” with George Clooney that shook me to my core. Firing another boss in a company, Clooney’s character asked, “What was your dream when you were young? //… How much did you sell your dream for?”

The answer was an annual salary with a bonus.

Corporate employees ask me all the time how they can go freelance or start their own business.

Fewer people see the point in working for someone other than for themselves. The pandemic has only reinforced this trend. Look at our Linkedin profiles, these are naturally advertising platforms for your brand.

Therefore, the first thing I recommend to many people is to go through their Linkedin profiles and check out interesting connections. And also check which posts get the most response and from whom.

In order to reinvent yourself (to answer to the “what” question) it’s best to first get inspired by yourself and think about what you want to do in the next 5–10 years.

Many people start with the “how” question and a specific plan of actions. This approach can lead to an incomprehensible jungle, because missing a couple of minutes of discussion in a planning meeting leads to months of wasted work.

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