The first lesson of starting businesses and having money work for me,
as opposed to working for money, is really all about having reward power.
In other words, if you work for money, you give the power up to your
employer. If your money works for you, you keep and control the power.
Once I had this knowledge of the power of money working for me, I wanted
to be financially smart through attaining financial education and not
let bullies push me around. In my opinion, you need to know the laws and
how the system works in business. That is when you will be unstoppable.
The reason why many employees stay employees forever is because they
are financially ignorant, and in my opinion that is why it is easy for
them to be bullied.
The thin difference between your self-worth and your net-worth
Another reason why reward power work so well when imposed to most
employees is because, most of them don’t know that, there is very thin
difference between your self-worth and your net-worth. What most people
don’t know is that over a number of factors net-worth changes. It may go
up and down but self-worth won’t. That is why if you truly know your
self-worth you always feel more powerful and confident. You feel so
powerful because you now realize that, who you are is more important
than what you do, and therefore, while Money comes and goes, if you have
the education about money and how it works, traditional jobs doesn’t
matter because you will gain power over money and you will start begin
It seems really stupid, doesn’t it?
One of the reasons why people stay employees forever is because; they
think they have a control of their life while in reality that is not a
real control but a sense of control. I know, it’s not that awesome when
you think about the reason why people think that they have total control
with their lives when they are employees but, for me it is just what
they call a good paycheck is unconsciously giving them that sense of
importance. However, when you are an entrepreneur and you can make that
same monthly salary in an hour or even seconds if you are that smart,
you now consciously think about it and realize that, it seems really
stupid, doesn’t it?. But what you might not know is that, the secrets to
making that same monthly salary in an hour or even seconds is that
invisible most because your focus is only about your job.
The referent power
I love being an entrepreneur because I believe in my ability to serve
as entrepreneurial model. And by influencing the behavior of others so
they also become entrepreneurs is real at the center of who I’m. While
it is not necessary true that, you must be an entrepreneur to be
successful in life but to me, this is important because, my goal is that
if I become someone’s role model it should be more than just being an
employee. In other words, when this happens then I will know I have a
true referent power and I have influenced them to be best entrepreneurs
of the world. A world of traditional jobs doesn’t and will not provide
to you anyhow.
I real hate Legitimate Power
Legitimate power comes from the position a person holds. The
main reason why I hate legitimate Power or Positional Power is that,
when you are an employee this is related to a person’s title and job
responsibilities and basically it doesn’t give such a limitless
authority I need. You might also hear this referred to as positional
power. Again, this is formal authority delegated to the holder of the
office or position. While some people call this kind of power an
“organizational power”. For me this is the same to what Max weber said
is the power that is derived from the legal-rational authorities in
corporations and organizations. For example, when a manager gets to
lay-off employees when he or she is not the actual business owner, his
or her power is derived from his or her position in that company’s
Positional Power Plus Incompetence Equals a Mean Boss
It’s no wonder that so many readers sympathize with the hapless
Dagwood even today. A recent survey reveals that a startling 37 percent
of the country’s workforce—some 54 million people—have bosses who scream
at them, belittle them, sabotage their work, and are otherwise
aggressive. Social scientists and policymakers are very concerned about
this toxic phenomenon, if only because of the enormous personal and
economic costs. It’s hard for people to do their best work when they are
busy trying to avoid the office ogre.
What kills my motivation?
The secrets and behind the scenes of legitimate Power or Positional
Power is that, the organizational status gives most bosses an authority
based power. The same can be said about status of grandparents in a
traditional society. Their power to make some decisions for the family
results from their status in the family clan. This is the type of power
managers have within a business enterprise they work for; and it is the
same type of power granted to an agent or president of the government.
While to most of employees obeying this kind of authority sound right
and okey to them, the problem I see is that, the subordinates and
citizens must obey the office holders regardless of whether the power is
earned or not. And when you are an employee, for the most part being an
employee means you must obey the office holders regardless of whether
the power is earned or not, and that is what kills my motivation and why
I hate being an employee.
More often feared than respected
Your supervisor at work may draw authority from multiple sources. In
addition to their official position, they may have added power because
of their friendship with upper management, their reputation and record,
or his willingness to reward or punish underlings. There’s nothing wrong
with having power, unless they abuses it. As I mentioned earlier that,
when starting or growing your business, The ability to influence others
peoples’ behaviors is crucial, to managing your teams once your business
have reached at the level that forces you to work as team. While this
may seem to be special skills worth having, yet most people don’t
exactly know which kinds of power may harmoniously help them smoothly
with this skill run their own business affairs. This is why for the most
part, if you look closely at those who are “powerful” you will realize
that, they are only powerful because they have the authority to use
force, and chances are you will not find a truly peaceful and happy
person in their sphere of life. The bad news is that, since because over
time the kind of power they use tends to bring out the worst in people.
These individuals are more often feared than respected
Why power doesn’t work to your advantages
The main reason why power doesn’t work to your advantages when you
are an employee is that there many ways employers, bosses, supervisors
if not Managers can abuse their power and destroy your productivity.
Here are some examples of how managers abuse their power. the worst case
is that, they do it because they can, not because they should. These
examples are in no particular order. Managers abuse their power when:
• They put the company’s best interests first.
• They display zero empathy or compassion when your spouse dies; but,
suddenly give an Academy Award worthy performance the second they hear their boss asked for directions to the memorial service.
• They don’t really care about the work you do.
• They like to remind you how lucky you are to have a job.
• They periodically remind you that you can be fired . . . “heh, heh, just kidding.”
• They view management as a game of “gottcha” instead of a collaboration and opportunity for joint problem solving.
• They humiliate you in front of your fellow employees.
• To their team or department they’re yellers, screamers, or cursers
and when called on it say “Everyone knows I don’t mean it when I do
that” and they clean it up nicely when meeting up the chain of command.
• Their primary exercise is jumping to conclusions because they have a “busy desk.”
• They don’t want to be confused by the facts after they’ve made a decision.
• They openly play favourites with members of their team and isolate themselves from those they don’t like.
• They get angry if you propose an idea to one of their peers they can’t take credit for.
• They exclude you from meetings on projects you are part of.
• They withhold information you need to do your job, saying “I’ll tell you when you need to know.”
• Even though they’ve approved your vacation time and it’s on the
calendar, they want you to remind them of your vacation the week before.
• They concoct false emergencies while you’re on vacation or
traveling for business and then berate you for not having answered your
email or phone while you were gone, even after you told them you’d have
had limited or no access.
• They forever place you on their mental S-list. And no, S does not stand for special.
• They retaliate against anyone who does not agree with them, or in their eyes, makes them look bad.
• They laugh at you when you share good news about a project.
• They are unwillingly to express gratitude for a job well done because to them “that’s your job.”
• The few accolades they do give sound forced or disingenuous.
• They don’t listen to your warnings about adverse consequences of their decisions because to them “you’ll do as you’re told.”
• They let you know leadership “stuff” is well . . . stuff. It clearly it doesn’t apply to them, because after all, do you know who they ARE?
• They treat you like the “hired help.”
• They use performance reviews as a thinly disguised mechanism for
justifying a predetermined raise or denying a raise and it has little to
do with your actual performance or contribution to the company.
• They play games with performance reviews and raises, making sure
you sign your review before the raise goes in effect to make sure you
don’t add any comments their boss might see.
• They collect negative feedback in a “Pearl Harbor” file and dump it
on you during an annual performance review instead of providing real
time feedback when you can explain what happened or take corrective
action if possible.
• They’re not beneath lying, attributing words to you never said, and actions you never did.
• They don’t update you on important developments and then blame you for not knowing about them.
• They discourage you from asking questions with their condescending or intimidating behaviors.
• They like to brag about how rich they are and who they know in that specific organization.
• They sneer at the notion of anyone desiring or deserving career development or advancement, except their own.
• They trivialize important problems.
• They believe asking for help makes them look weak.
• They would throw their grandmother under the bus to save a dime on their budget and increase their bonus.
• They believe they’ve garnered enough influence within the
organization to become untouchable, and their word will be believed over
• They physically throw objects at you.
• They only respect you in proportion to your ability to afford to make them a political advantage.
• They love watching the parking lot at starting and quitting time
and would make ankle monitoring bracelets mandatory for all employees if
• They believe working remotely means you’re watching Oprah reruns and eating bonbons.
• They assume you’re goofing off anytime you’re not in the office.
• They make you feel compelled to use vacation time for your doctor’s appointments.
• They expect you to come to work if you have a pulse, never mind if
you’re sick, could infect the entire office, or inclement weather makes
roads treacherous or impassable.
• They are masters at turning a Friday business trip into a weekend boondoggle paid for by a vendor who also arranges “dates.”
• They don’t like your “attitude” but offer no concrete examples of
what they don’t like or what they’d like you to do to fix it.
• The only transparency they value is the kind used on an old school overhead projector when their PowerPoint or Keynote dies.
My best type of authority
While according to Weber the rational legal authority is the
appropriate authority for the Ideal Corporation or organization. On his
point of view, this is true because, most organizations and corporations
have offices which employ rule, regulations and procedures in
accomplishing their objectives. While you might consider giving power to
people through delegation of authority when you have a lot of people
working for you in your business, my point of view is that, you are an
entrepreneur at this instant or you are the business owner sort to
speak. Why having the type of authority that looks like you also have a
job in your business?. In other words, you are the alpha and omega of
your business, why instead of having power to influence others by using
your individual personality (charismatic authority), you insisting on
being able to influence your employees by the type of authority that
derived from the ability to apply rules, regulation and procedures to do
so?. I don’t know how you view this, but because I’m an entrepreneur or
a business owner, Social authority like being a public figure, a
well-recognized leader is my real thing. And that is why charismatic
authority is my best type of authority.
Bringing It All Together;
Don’t switch jobs; start your own business. This is my advice to everyone I meet. But
first, to make sure you don’t revert back to being an employee you will
have to know and understand how power, control, leverage, productivity,
money and freedom can work against you when you are an employee. This
is why I recommend you taking my book; Why I Hate Being An Employee.
This book concentrate of me explaining why I hate being an employee by
introducing you to these six concepts, what are they, why they are
important, and most importantly how being an employee can make them work
against and probably sabotages your level of success in business and
life in general. It is my belief that, when you are fully aware of how
these core concepts can work against you when you are an employee, just
like me, you will completely hate being an employee and start your own
business. And that is what this book is all about.
So, Tell me whether you are an employee or an entrepreneur, does power, control, leverage, productivity, money and freedom work to your advantages?
Please share your thoughts in the comments section below, as I learn just as much from you as you do from me.