Great article -- The key to happiness at work isn’t money–it’s autonomy.
"In the workplace, autonomy essentially means having a job where you can make at least some of the decisions on your own. The degree of autonomy you have can vary dramatically, from having a say in your own goals or the projects you work on, to deciding when and where to do your work. "
This word, AUTONOMY, in a nutshell, explains why I am getting into real estate.
My short answer to the question of why is usually flexibility. From now on, it will be autonomy.
Autonomy, autonomy, autonomy.
Here are a few of my favorite things about it:
- Time flexibility. I'll work when I want to, driven only by what it takes to get the job done with the specific people I need to work with on a given project.
- Location flexibility. I'll work from where I want to, shaped by my clients' needs of the moment. (Otherwise, it's broker's choice, wuuuu. Cabo here we come. Oh wait, hubby has virtually no time off; hmm, well, bummer for him! ;)).
- Choice of projects. I'll work on what I want to , accepting only those clients and projects I feel are a great fit.
- Unlimited earning potential. Or really, that should be phrased as self-limited earning potential. I'll know that my efforts can directly impact - for better or for worse - my earning potential.
I have to say, there's plenty of flexibility in my day job and I work odd hours, work from home, and our manager allows us all a lot of leeway in deciding how we do what we need to do. It's fantastic and, quite frankly, that's why I would never leave this particular IT job to go into "just another IT job".
However, it's way past time for a change, I want to be my own boss, I don't want my earnings to be capped by some arbitrary executive's decision on what "someone with XYZ title should earn", and moreover, I want much, much more of that dang flexibility and autonomy!
"In control of your destiny," the article says. Will I be? That's certainly my goal.
To start, I am definitely working more hours now. Juggling the day job along with nursing my new career into being while also trying to not ignore my life - you know, spouse, pets, friends, hobbies. The very things which make making this change so worthwhile.
In the end, it's quite possible that when I drop the day job and I'll still end up working more hours on real estate endeavors than I did before on just the day job alone.
I might not end up having the flexible nirvana I imagine so naively.
I think, though, that that will be OK because as a self-employed person it will have been my choices and my actions which put me in that position.
Tweaking and adjusting my reality then will be much more easily achieved than what I can do today immersed in a large corporate environment.
It's your destiny, control it; with autonomy, happiness can be in your hands. If you don't have it, don't you think you deserve it? If you have it, are you appreciating it?
Hug your autonomy today!