There seems to always be a cacophony of people clamoring for us all to start our own firm or business. Entrepreneurship certainly is an effective way to produce great and innovative work. But sometimes, a good mentor or boss can help us hone our craft much more than staking it out alone. Programmer Jonathan Mumm writes about how he has come to change the way he views working for other people:

Cultural influences made me believe that having a boss is inherently unpleasant. Entrepreneurship is celebrated because it means having to directly answer to no one. My preconceptions were that nobody wants to have a boss, it’s just a fact of life that if you work for a company, you have a boss and hopefully they aren’t a jerk—that a boss is necessary to keep you in line, determine your tasks, and entice you to stay motivated.

[When I was young] I was motivated and proactive, but I lacked finesse. I was making rookie mistakes: unnerving coworkers, exhibiting arrogance, stirring up unproductive arguments, reacting slowly on my feet.

Opportunities to observe [my boss] were so valuable. She was an example I wanted to emulate. Instead of pushing incentives and tasks to me, she was a source of motivation and information from which to pull.

Read his entire post here.

  • Gutigon

    I start as freelance and now I’m the boss, and spend a lot of time looking for a business manager that could became the boss, so I can have more time to design and be relax.

  • Laura Jones

    Entrepreneurship is more than that. It offers freedom, the ability to set your own schedule and office and be able to make important decisions. Also, not all of us have great bosses like that. The majority of managers know how to manage, and even that usually at a mediocre level, and most importantly are not leaders. It’s leadership that we need more of in this world, not management. If you can find a true leader to work for, then by all means go for it. It’s like having a mentor, only you get paid for it, too.

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