You’re way too talented to work for anyone else
The Six Percent Entrepreneur
You’re way too talented to work for anyone else
May 24, 2021
In this episode, we talk about the downsides of working for someone else as a six percenter entrepreneur.
Here's one of the reasons why an entrepreneur especially is six percenter entrepreneur should not get a job. Because as a six percenter entrepreneur, you are a hustler, you likely work way faster, way more efficiently, and way more smarter than your counterpart. And what ends up happening is the way that a job, especially if it's like a 9-5 job, the way that they calculate your value is based on the hours of output, not on the actual output that you're putting out. 

So if you work much faster and let's say that for a normie, it takes one hour to do a job, but it takes you 15 minutes. Well then you're working four times faster than this normie, right? But you're still getting paid the same amount. Here's where the trouble comes in, the trouble comes in is if you're finishing the same amount of work within one hour, or same one hour's worth of work, but you're finishing it in 15 minutes, then you should be able to take the rest of the time off that 45 minutes and relax and do whatever because you're getting paid for the work, right? 

But that's not how a manager might see it or a boss might see it. What they will see instead is you finishing your work in 15 minutes and then you goofing off for 45 minutes and that's what they see. They're like, why isn't this person working? Why am I paying them to have them goof off even though you're doing work at a high rate at a much faster rate. So what ends up happening is your boss or your manager, they don't appreciate you for what you're actually worth. You are a Ferrari and the way they treat you is like a Honda Civic. They just expect you to put your miles in and your time in and they don't care like how fast you're actually getting all this stuff done and what this is going to do is it's going to start building some resentment. 

So I remember when I had my very first job on the trade floor and this was probably a big sign that I shouldn't have gone into that field, but I remember we were doing a lot of spreadsheet work and for me, the job was easy. Like for me, as soon as it was explained to me, I was like, oh, we can just do this, do this, we can automate it in a bunch of different ways. And I spent a lot of time automating a lot of my processes so we could do it much faster. But as soon as I automated it and I was doing things that are much faster rate than my colleagues, they would have me do more work and I took on the work, um, like a champ. 

But here's the thing, as a six percenter entrepreneur I'm able to take this on and I don't stress over what's on my plate. And my director at the time, she's not working with me hand in hand. So I had a supervisor who was my immediate manager and a director who was the person that actually hired me. She's like, Robin, I never see you stressed. Are you actually putting in the work? And my supervisor actually had to jump in and say, no, Robin is doing great work. His output is phenomenal. But because I don't look like I'm stressed, they want to work me much harder to the point where I look stressed. But the thing is I'm not going to look stressed no matter what you give at me, I'm going to try to figure it out and I'm gonna try to figure out how to solve it in a much faster way. 

But what this does for me, at least is it starts building some resentment because I feel like I'm doing all this work, I'm not even being appreciated for it, and then after I finish my work, I'm being given more work, but I'm still getting paid the same as everyone else. So how does that make any sense? It almost feels like exploitation and as a six percenter entrepreneur, who hustles in the same way, that other six percenter entrepreneurs hustle getting this kind of job will do more harm than good, because of the amount of time and effort you're putting into this job, if you start putting it into your own business, then you are going to reach a level of happiness much faster, and as you're putting this into your own business, you were actually working for yourself. 

So I've had previous episodes on whether you should get a job or not. The answer is no, don't get a job. Get a client. Getting a client is so much faster and easier than finding a job. And some people might say, okay, Robin will, I don't have any money right now. You know, what am I supposed to do? How am I supposed to go find a client was the same kind of thing? Right? How you're supposed to go find a job if you don't have any money, you're still going to spend the same amount of time looking for a job that you would in looking for a client. 

So why not just switch that mentality instead of looking for a job, use that time to go look for a client, it's going to be the same amount. In fact, at least for a client, you can probably keep a lot of the same livelihood practices that you have intact. Because if you get another job it might be on the other side of town, you might have to move, you might have to manipulate your life for this job and then that job there's nothing guaranteed in life so that job can fire you, they can lay you off, you have no idea how they're making their business decisions on the inside. 

And to me, getting that job is a lot more higher risk than actually finding a client. Finding a client is much faster and you can start making some cash flow right away without having to spend the entire um lifecycle in finding a job and keeping a job as a six percenter entrepreneur, you probably have a wide variety of talents as well. So even finding the right job that will appreciate you because usually, jobs are looking for people that are specialists, right? They don't look for the jack of all trades and the master of all trades, they're looking for specialists. And if you have all these other skills that's fine. But you're not gonna get paid for those skills, you're only going to get paid for the skills that they're hiring on. And this creates a very bad situation for a six percenter or hustler entrepreneur. So this is what I had to say about that, this is why a six percenter entrepreneur should not get a job because you are way too clever, you are way too talented to work for anyone else. This is Robin Copernicus. Boom. Bam, I'm out. 

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