If You Want To Be An Entrepreneur, Get A Low Paying Job


fter working in a company for nearly two years, I realized that I am glad that I was rejected from a high-paying job position. Back then I was so desperate to get one, and now, I thank God that I didn’t get it.

Then, when I take a closer look at my life and what I am able to do now, I became so glad that I took a low position job.

It’s so much easier and less energy-consuming. Plus, I wouldn’t be able to find what I wanted to do if it weren’t for that job.

Currently, I work as an Operations Coordinator in the cinema industry. I help my supervisors retrieve data from cinema sites for their presentations and make sure or the invoices are getting into the finance departments.

At first, I wanted to move up to be a Local Area Marketing position. But during the interview, I was rejected because I didn’t have enough experience for the job.

I was so mad that I too nearly resigned and repeat the same process: Find another job, do the same stuff, resign, find another job.

I nearly fell into the corporate ladder, but after hearing what my friends/colleagues told me about their position that I once went after, I began to appreciate my current job so much.

Why High Position Jobs Is An Endless Cycle?

When I spoke with my colleagues and friends who are either specialists, managers, finance/accountants, or even head of a department, they told me how stressful they were.

They were given so much work. It’s as if they were not given time to even rest.

Meetings, meetings, and meetings.

Work, work, and more works.

Deadlines, deadlines, and even more deadlines.

Because of this, I can see that they were suffering a burnout. They came to work tired, and just wanting to rest. At some point, they got too overwhelmed and would sometimes break down crying or lash out to people.

In the end, some did resign. They had had enough of what they had to deal with and moved on to do the same position but in another company.

But how would one determine that they won’t have to deal with similar things again?

I’ve spoken to my friends who worked in other companies, and they told me the same thing. They wanted to quit and find other jobs elsewhere.

Everyone Just Wants To Not Deal With Their Current Job Anymore

It didn’t matter where they end up as long as they didn’t have to deal with the stuff they had to deal with currently. I was once guilty of this as well until I took a step back and look at people’s LinkedIn.

My friend, who is an entrepreneur, once told me…

“If you want to run a business, you have to “LinkOut.”

And I kept that in my head until today.

I’ve seen my friend and colleague’s LinkedIn past jobs. Most were pretty much doing the same thing before moving to another industry or company. It’s just another endless cycle of switching jobs. The people who managed to stay where they are for a long time are business owners and they never checked their LinkedIn.

When will the cycle of “switch to another company” stop? It won’t unless you have the courage to quit entirely. But are you willing to? Some people I know wouldn’t want to give it up because the money is good.

But others who did, such as Jeff Bezos who was once a product manager before resigning to focus on Amazon, managed to escape that ladder by quitting entirely.

Back then, maybe it’s not as difficult as today. Now, everything is about instantaneous. If you miss a consistent plan, there’s a chance you might fall behind, that’s the danger of today’s culture. You have to keep up fast and sometimes it can be very overwhelming.

Top Billionaires Were Once Former Employees of Low Position Jobs

When I was younger, my family and closest friends used to tell me to work hard so that I can get a good career and a high paying job. Then they showed me examples such as Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs, who were once students of the top universities in the world.

They failed to mention that they were dropouts. That’s why I obediently followed this rule until college.

When I realized that there are people breaking those rules and managed to be billionaires themselves, that’s when I started questioning the things I grew up to follow.

These billionaire played by their own rule. They don’t care what others thought about and did what they believed is right for them.

And when I read about their past, I found out that many were once at my place too, and I think it may be the same for others who are placed in a low job position.

Here are a few examples:

Somehow, these first jobs turned out to be of use for their future. As you can see here, you don't have to be a genius with a high IQ to stand out in the world. All you need is persistence to do what you love to do.

Low Paying Jobs Gives You More Time & Energy For Side Hustles

Because low paying jobs give you fewer responsibilities, you are given more time to just go home faster. And since you are not given many tasks, you still have enough energy to work on your side hustles.

In short, you are able to focus to do what you really want to do.

Let’s take Stephen King for an example. Before he became famous, he was once offered to be a debate club advisor that can help him pay for his family. However, his wife was skeptical of the idea, because this means that he can’t do what he loves.

“Will you have time to write?” she asked.
“Not much,” King said.
“Well, then you can’t take it.” — Stephen and Tabita King’s conversation about his job offer.

And by rejecting that offer, he managed to launch his first book, Carrie.

As you can see here, money alone won’t help you get to where you want to see yourself in the future. Had Stephen King accepted the job, we probably would never be able to read much of his books or neither at all because he switched his occupation.

But because he rejected the offer, he had more time to write and invest in the things he loves to do for a living. Today, he has a net worth of $500 million.

Take Advantage Of Your Low Paying Job Time And Use Your Energy Elsewhere

Today, I am building more than one source of income: Writing, investing/trading and building a swallow bird nests business. I wouldn’t been able to do all this if I wasn’t rejected for the job I used to go after.

So if you are fresh out of college and wondering what you wanted to do or frustrated at a dead-end job, do not worry, many people whom we look up to were once in your shoes as well.

But they took huge advantage of that job by working on something they love. Work on that book, build that business, do what you love.

They knew that their talent lies elsewhere, and realized that they won’t be able to reach their entrepreneur journey if they keep switching jobs for money.

And thus, they ended their lives in a rat race.

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