Job Independence simply stated comes from never having to be a slave to your work. Whether that implies you are content being self-employed, not employed or a long timer at a job, your independence comes from calling your own shots and never having to feel restricted by anyone or anything.
You may think job freedom is a luxury for the rich or the famous and would not apply to you. Think again. Creating a career where you have the freedom to choose is your first step towards true emancipation. Having the ability to decide what type of job you want and whether the one you have is good enough opens the gates to allow you to walk in or walk out of any job situation that may not be right for you. Your career freedom comes from being able to pick and choose and from knowing that you can celebrate your job freedom by not working and going to school if that’s what you decide.
There are many people around the world who do not have the freedom of choice whether it’s in their job, their home or in their relationships. Realizing that you live in a time where flexibility, fluidity and the fact you can call your own shots is an honored tradition, gives you the courage and ability to take leaps where you may not have dared to jump before.
What does true Job Independence mean to you? How do you value your ability to be free when it comes to your career choices and do you take full advantage of your options? As you move into 4th of July celebration mode, ask yourself a few questions to determine whether you truly possess job independence:
- Can I walk away at any time?: Knowing that you are not trapped by your circumstances means you have a good sense of freedom when it comes to moving out of a job that you no longer like or where you are not growing. Most people stay at a job for financial reasons and because the fear in moving into a new position may be too overwhelming for them and they’d rather just stay where they are. Nothing screams “prison” like being held hostage by your lack of career choices and to stay in a job you hate no matter how valid the reason.
- Can I say “no” to my work? Complete freedom comes from being able to not only walk away from a situation that is not right for you but to be able to say “no” to work that is not to your liking. How many people do you know that have that option? You don’t need to rebel against the hierarchy in order to be heard, but being able to professionally assert yourself is the key to true job independence.
- Do I have true flexibility? Choosing whether to stay with your job is one thing but do you have the freedom to come and go as you please at work and make your own schedule? Having creative freedom in your work projects is as important to creating job independence as your ability to walk away from your job or to show up to work when you want.
Having job independence means you are not limited by your surroundings and you can make your way at any time and under any circumstances. If you are lucky enough to have true job freedom, than you have much to celebrate this holiday!
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Original Post, July, 2014
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