I’ve had several “normal” jobs over the past 15+ years that I’ve been labeled as an employee. But working for myself these past six months has taught me a lot of things. One of them is, I don’t think I could ever go back to a “regular” 9-5 desk job!
It is a little scary at times, not knowing if I’ll have money to pay my bills. But that’s what keeps me motivated. It’s all on me now. Before I thought I wanted to stay on the “safe path”, but really, anyone can be let go from any job, for any reason, at any time. I don’t see that as the safer choice, I just see it as a way to coast through life feeling bored, guilty, and/or depressed.
I’m not saying every job is horrible, and you’re gonna be miserable no matter what unless you work for yourself. Actually, it could be the complete opposite for you. But this is how I see it and this has been my experience.
In fact, I know several people who love their jobs. Jobs that are filled with monotony, routine, and doing what you’re told to do. Some people need that direction and order. Some people need the benefits for their family or the 401K for their retirement some day. Or maybe they simply really love everything about their job/career; the company, the product/service, their coworkers, the location, the hours, the atmosphere, etc.
In the end, you should always do exactly what you want to do. Most people will never do what you want them to do, so why should you cater to them. I mean, we’re talking about your life here. Do whatever it is that you’re passionate about. There’s always a way to monetize everything. But don’t do it for the money, do what makes you happy. But more than happiness, do what makes you come alive!