Mondays are arguably the most dreaded day of the week. A lot of people really seem to hate Mondays. Maybe hate is a strong word, okay dislike Mondays. The average worker (employee) knows he is expected to hate Mondays, so even if he doesn’t, he plays along anyway. Poor Mondays!
The standard question in most work places on Monday morning is: “Hey! How was your weekend?” and the standard response is: “Great but short, wish the weekend would never end!”. Interesting, innit?
But, you know there’s a special breed of workers who don’t hate Mondays? They don’t have to. They are called Entrepreneurs, and they don’t have to work any length of time, they simply work and get their reward. They can choose to work till late on Sunday, and sleep in all day on Monday. Monday or Saturday, no difference! That’s what most of us will call ‘living the life’! No alarm clocks, except by your own choosing. Even your deadlines are mostly of your own making (with a great level of deference to the client of course). Better still, there’s great potential to earn a very decent living, and have significant time for family and friends (depending on what you are ‘entrepreuneuring’ of course…lol). You can choose to see a movie on Monday afternoon (say 2.30p.m: at the cinema o, not on your laptop!), and your heart will still remain in the right spot, and still beat normally! Mehn! Living the life…
Another but – It’s possible to be an employee and live like an entrepreneur. Did you say “Ahn ahn!” You mean you don’t agree? I can hear you screaming, “For where??”. Please hold your fire, like DH will say…Lol. It really is, this is the other enviable group of workers called Intrapreneurs. I use this term not in the cliché way that it has become common to use it these days. I don’t mean employee engagement, or buy-in or any other fancy work place jargon. I literarily mean ‘Employed Entrepreneurs’. Sounds contradictory, but they do exist. Like the entrepreneurs, they have absolutely no reason to hate Mondays. Monday=Saturday=Any other day of the week. No shaking. Keep smiling.…Lol.
There are very few real intrapreneurs though, largely because it takes two to make this one. Unlike with entrepreneurship where you can make up your mind on your own, sack your boss (if you already have one), and think of something to make money, and voila! another entrepreneur is born. With intrapreneurship it’s quite different, an entrepreneur often has to go in search of an employee who is willing to be an owner, someone whose purpose in life fits snugly with the mission of his business, someone who is a master of self, and a master of the business at hand; and on his own part (the entrepreneur/ employer), he has to be willing to relinquish autonomy with regards to task, time, technique and team (this part I got from Daniel Pink’s Drive). On the flip side, if you are an intrapreneur, you have to be found by such an entrepreneur. Not so easy.
There’s been a lot of focus on entrepreneurship, especially in Nigeria, where the ‘no-employment’ and ‘under-employment’ syndrome forces most people to be an entrepreneur of some sorts. It’s called: Ona kan o woja (literarily ‘not one road leads to the market’). So, most employees will still have a side hustle, but rather than living the life, most times their weekends, public holidays and after work hours also disappear, leaving them with ‘no life’. Not a pretty situation.
Now, I’m at the risk of making this post a rant! I better get back to my gist. My gist is really about intrapreneurship, as there are so many people talking about entrepreneurship already. So, if you are like me, and you will like to live the life, while you still have some sort of predictable income, and you don’t have to think about health insurance, or have to bear all the risk or any risk at all (that’s hard); then intrapreneurship is something you should purposefully look out for. It’s okay to have a job that pays the bills, it’s better to have a job that makes you feel happy and free. And it is possible too.
Like I said earlier, intrapreneurship can only happen when there is an intersection between purpose (passion), mastery, and autonomy (Purpose, Mastery, Autonomy – From Drive by Daniel Pink). The first two depend on you to discover and to hone, but the last one has to be freely given by a willing employer. Hopefully, a growing breed of employers.
I wish you good luck in your quest for living the life! And hope you start to love Mondays as much as you love Fridays pretty soon.
N.B: This particular Monday started out on a difficult-to-love note though. Wet, wet, wet = Traffic, traffic, traffic=Annoying Lagos! Not a lovable picture. Lol…
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