I have a very good friend who happens to be a business owner a few times over. She tells me that it is so much easier and stress-free to be an employee rather than a business owner. Business ownership in her mind is fraught with worry. So why are we so excited to turn a deaf ear? I have been pondering that question for months. Autonomy. Control of our life and our destiny. The ability to give quality care to patients as we deem fit and necessary. Flexibility in scheduling. Allowing Mark to watch our children grow. He misses so much. Work in is proportionate to reward out. Challenge. And then it struck me. Malcolm Gladwell puts it so eloquently in his book, Outliers: The Story of Success.
In Outliers, Mr. Gladwell explains success. He says it so well that I must quote him word-for-word from pages 149-151:
He was his own boss. He was responsible for his own
decisions and direction. His work was complex: it
engaged his mind and imagination. And in his work,
there was a relationship between effort and reward…
Those three things- autonomy, complexity, and the
connection between effort and reward- are, most people
agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to
be satisfying. It is not how much money we make that
ultimately makes us happy between nine and five. It’s
whether our work fulfills us… Work that fulfills those
three criteria is meaningful… If you work hard enough
and assert yourself, and use your mind and imaginations,
you can shape the world to your desires.
Yes. That is precisely what I want. That is what we are doing. Five days and counting to shaping our world! I plan one more installment of this blog- The Final Product. It will consist of photos of our office. Lots of effort; lots of challenges; and the result of lots of dreams.