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I saw a post attributed President Uhuru Kenyatta but Nigerian Reno Omokri is protesting to being the author…
“If you really love your children, get a business, not a job, because when you die, your children cannot inherit your job, but they can definitely inherit your business. . . Go home and think of a business idea”
Well, whoever is the author, the lesson remains the same.
Summary: A job and career versus a business; job is not transferable but business or investment is. The post got me thinking deeply and it played out actively in my mind as I learnt of the tragic demise of a former colleague. As sad and sorrowful as everyone will be, the organization will still have to offer services that day and thereafter! The reality is that the vacant position will soon need to be filled! It’s a sad reality that HR professionals and employers have to go through. We cry and thereafter do what we need to do! Sadly!
I do not see jobs and business as opposite of each other or extremes as it has been painted, rather I see them as complementing each other. I believe building entrepreneurial abilities, capacities, muscle and streams of income while on a job comes highly recommended!
The best time to build something different or to diversify is while you are fluid and optimal with abilities, energy, ideas, passion, skills and resources. I have listened to many people needing permissions to start something and waiting for the best time. Permissions from bosses? From spouse? From friends? From who again?
To employers who frown at this? Still wondering why though? A guideline, policy or system that helps employees declare their side engagements without discrimination can be established instead of creating unwritten codes and “No Biz Zone”. As the employee what can you do to avoid misunderstanding? There is no one answer fits all. You need to understand your employer and the style. In some settings it might pass that you will approach the HRM and inform formally or informally, other times you might need to watch the tide.
Many people express how the nature of their jobs will not permit building a business at all and I am quick to offer building a family business as the direct alternative for the married especially in these days of steep performance appraisals, scarce unemployment, job insecurity, paycut, employers owing salaries, death of business owner and the list is endless.
The charge is when will you take that move?! Its costlier when life happens before you start thinking of thinking to start!
The last few months has taught me more that the best time to build a system for more is in the time of great harvest! When lean season comes, it might be rough and tough but you have backups (story for another day)!The job for the future is the one you create now!
✍With Love ✍
Olubamike (Bankysanya™ )
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