Updated: Jul 3, 2021
No matter if personal or contextual, the meaning of freedom is different to us all. In this case I am speaking in terms of "career freedom." What is career freedom? Career freedom is the ability to choose when you want to work, where you want to work, and to work doing something you love. Ask yourself, do you have career freedom? The thought of leaving the security of a 9 to 5 job is terrifying. Just because others may consider entrepreneurship as an example of career freedom, does not mean it defines career freedom for you. However, if you continuously have negative experiences in the workplace then maybe you should. If you know that you are settling in your career, that you have the potential to do more, and be more...go for it!
The reality of where you are vs. where you want to be in your career should motivate you to either excel from right where you are or to continue to discover your passion and be even greater at it. If you want to switch careers, leave your job, and can't find a job, you may feel as though there aren’t any available opportunities out there for you. Life's demands can often force us to make certain career adjustments. You might want to move but can't because of your job, you are not free in your career. Being true to yourself is the best way to discover the skills you enjoy and what type of work environments work best for you. In your current role or position, consider these questions when thinking of how your job makes you feel.
Can you say no to unreasonable requests?
How is your relationship with your boss?
Do you feel stuck?
Are you constantly trying, yet nothing improves?
Do you despise the work that you do?
Is your job flexible?
Can it accommodate your schedule?
Are you happy?
Don't get me wrong if you are living comfortably and have secured your retirement plans then by all means carry on. However, if you have a gut feeling that there's more out there for you, especially opportunities that can change your future, be sure to take the steps to keeping your options open. It is important that you fight to maintain career freedom. Multiple streams of income are a great way to establish yourself financially, enabling your ability to enjoy these freedoms. Entrepreneurship is just one way to start.
I share this with you because in my own past experiences I have realized that companies don't necessarily want an employee with high mobility. Not that they are doing anything wrong to you personally, however from a business perspective it is just best that you stay where you are, doing what you do for as long as you are there. I am simply suggesting that it is much better to be in control of your career future than to suddenly be out in the world trying to figure out your next best step. No one should feel trapped in a job that no longer suits their needs. I want everyone to experience the freedom that allows you to make the best decisions for your life.