Are you the boss or the employee?

Last Update: April 10, 2021

Do you have the mindset of a boss or of an employee?

It's an important question. If you are making affiliate marketing your business, then you had better have the mindset of being a boss—your own boss.

The problem is most of us have been employees and have been trained to be employees our entire lives. When we go to school we are taught to be good citizens who get jobs and pay taxes. We learn the skills to be good people who can read, write and follow orders.

When we go to college, we might be lucky enough to learn a few things about life and even a few things about being free thinkers but for the most part, college is just a continuation of teaching us how to get a job and be an employee. Perhaps things have changed some since I went to college, but there were absolutely zero entrepreneurial courses when I attended in the 1980s and 1990s.

I, like most people, was trained on how to interview for and to get and keep a job.

But, there was always this nagging feeling that I was meant for something greater. If you are here at Wealthy Affiliate and you are reading this post, then you probably had this feeling, too.

I think I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit. When I was a kid and was riding my horse (which was actually a one-speed bicycle, but who needs reality when you're a kid!?) my mind would gallop to all the places that I wanted to go and see and the things I wanted to do.

Never in any of those fantasies was I merely an employee. Never. I was always the boss. I was the commander. I was the leader. I was the one who flew to Mars to start the first colony on the spaceship that I created. I was the one who ran the big company that had hundreds of employees. I was never the employee.

Let me just say, there is nothing wrong with being an employee. A lot of people enjoy being an employee. They don't want the headaches that go with being the boss. They just want to work, collect a paycheck, and do their best to create a better life for themselves that way. Some people are perfectly happy doing that.

I am not "some people" and neither are you.

Having the mindset of an entrepreneur

There are huge differences in the mindsets of an employee and an entrepreneur. I can't tell you all of them here but they are real and they are many.

One of the biggest ones that we have to learn (if we don't already know it) is how to take risks.

Being an employee is by and large a safe and risk-free endeavor. You go to work, you do your work, you build your employer's dream, collect your paycheck and go home. The next day you do it again. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

Being an entrepreneur on the other hand involves risk. Sometimes it involves a lot of risks. You put your money and other people's money out there to develop an idea. You risk what you have to build something greater. You spend time developing yourself. You become version 2.0 of yourself. You plan and speculate. You can work alone or hire employees. You spend time with people who are smarter than you are. You work on becoming the most excellent version of yourself that you can become.

It's work, but it is work that is well worth the sacrifice because you know that you are building something greater.

I am feeling rather hopeful today. I have the feeling that things are changing and that I am on my way to realizing my true potential.

I know if you managed to read this far, that you are looking to realize your true potential, too!

Let's do this!

Have a great weekend and productive next week!

Karin

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Christorv Premium Plus
I will say I am both- and I like both. One allows me to be lord of all that I survey and the other offers me the chance to serve. Funny I am doing that now- owning websites (the boss) while working 9-5. Work life balance - that word just popped into my word - balancing both has been great instead of just the one.

Let's do this indeed - even when the boss I still serve 🤣
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Karin13 Premium
I agree, Christorv. Serving is an excellent part of being the boss. It isn't always easy to have a servant attitude, but one of my mentors has been showing me how to be a servant leader. It makes a difference!

Karin 😎
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JeannineC Premium
I think you made an excellent point here. That's indeed one of the key mind shifts someone must make to reach their desired goals. Luckily WA helps with that. It's one of the subtle but critical mind shifts which happens as part of the training, one of the added benefits that's not a formula or a typical "how-to". Part of what makes WA so great!
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Karin13 Premium
I love WA. I would say there is no one better at what they do! Learning this mind-shift is so important—so vital—to our transformation from an employee to an owner. I am finally beginning to understand that to build true wealth I must not just trade my "day job" that pays my bills with an online job that pays my bills. I have to create an online enterprise that builds and grows to help me create the life I truly want to live.

Best wishes,
Karin 😎
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SamiWilliams Premium
A life of programming is often hard to undo. Being trained for early childhood to be a mother and homemaker meant that I put my needs and my wants at the bottom of the list.

Like being programmed to be an employee, this early training makes accomplishments in creativity rank as secondary and can take place only after the "Mom Work" and the "Homemaker Work" is complete.

The real kicker is that these Mom and Homemaker things have to happen after the survival necessity of a full-time job.

There are many things we have to learn. They are important lessons to get to the mental place needed to truly place a value on what you want. Thanks for the moment for some thinking, Sami
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Karin13 Premium
Our programming has dictated our lives. While I still must perform as an employee right now and as a parent and a spouse, I must also take the time to invest in my family's future.

We can all learn from one another as we each have unique values, skills, and experiences to add to the equation.

Best wishes,
Karin 😎
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Only1Hugh Premium
Hey Karin you capture well that we are pre-programmed in a way to work for someone else and it takes a little while normally to adjust to the prospect that we can run our own businesses. Once we make that leap there are so many possibilities that could arise.

Hugh
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Karin13 Premium
The sky truly is the limit. And how big is the sky? Well, who knows. All I know is that I am going to build my business like there is no tomorrow each and every day!

Best wishes,
Karin 😎
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Only1Hugh Premium
Now that the spirit. Let's go!
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JeffreyBrown Premium
We are both, Karin! There are THREE of us: Me, Myself, and I!😎

Enjoy your weekend (Frisatsu)!

Jeff
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Karin13 Premium
Thanks, Jeff! Hope you have an enjoyable weekend, as well! It looks to be another rainy day here in Minnesota.

Karin
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JeffreyBrown Premium
I will, Karin, and you too! We had t-storms overnight, and I am still waiting to see how the day shapes up!

Jeff
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Karin13 Premium
It was gloomy looking and sprinkled a while, but all in all, it was a splendid day! Hope yours was, as well!

Best wishes,
Karin 😎
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JeffreyBrown Premium
It did, Karin! Right after 11 am, the Sun swarmed in, chased the clouds away and took over the rest of the day! It is sunny here today, as well!

Jeff
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