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Posted by lrbeggs 10 years, 1 month ago to Business
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  • Posted by $ MikeMarotta 10 years, 1 month ago
    It is a matter of perception. A successful entrepreneur will have a million bosses, if you think of it that way. You do not really work for yourself unless you have a self-sufficient farm (which, actually, is a myth: everyone except Crusoe trades).

    I always think of my employer as just another customer. Back in the 90s, the gurus tried to sell "intrapreneuring". It actually went against the true nature of complex organizations, so it was doomed to be abandoned. However, it made perfect sense to me then, and still does. When I run out of things to do at my desk at work, I shop myself or my department around to other offices, looking for more work. I do not believe in "cost centers." I think that every department can be a "profit center" if you think about delivering value.

    To me, that is what cuts to the meaning here. Von Mises pointed out that for creative people, there is no idle time, only productive time or frustration.
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  • Posted by SolitudeIsBliss 10 years, 1 month ago
    I'd work even more hours so long mas they're mine & no one else's
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    • Posted by $ Susanne 10 years, 1 month ago
      What people don't understand is that even when I'm not sitting at a desk or at a piece of machinery or driving to a jobsite, I am still at work... what they *really* don't understand is that I rather like it that way. It's not that I'm a "workaholic"... It just feels wrong when I'm not using my time to accomplish something...
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    • Posted by RonC 10 years, 1 month ago
      In the story "The Richest Man in Baghdad" to patriarch character teaches, "A portion of everything I earn is mine to keep." This was the key thought that changed him from a herdsman to a money lender. This is also the basic recipe for success that the mooches and progressives want to take away, or at least diminish so they may care for the careless. I'm sorry, I meant to say Help the Helpless. Just a Freudian mistake.
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  • Posted by Notperfect 10 years, 1 month ago
    As the boss said watch your log book boy cause we are gonna be busy this week and next. Heard that so many times I just wait till the next time. I love capitalism. Show me the money.
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  • Posted by $ jbrenner 10 years, 1 month ago
    I would work more than 80 hours per week if I didn't get sick every time I tried to do so. Hence, I take my breaks here on Galtsgulchonline!
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  • Posted by MrSankey 10 years, 1 month ago
    When I use to be self employed, I would joke about making it so someday I could only work half days. A half a day to an entrepreneur is only 12 hours. I salute all market entrepreneurs.
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  • Posted by BrettRocketSci 8 years, 11 months ago
    Hey friends! I am brand new to this community, but not new to Objectivism. Also a fair amount of experience doing entrepreneurial things but still learning and doing much more.


    I believe passionately that we need to encourage and enable more Objectivist entrepreneurs. I've wondered for many years why this Venn diagram doesn't have more overlap. :-) Who's with me on that? And how can we use Galts Gulch Online to make more progress towards that?! That's a big reason why I'm here now. Thanks for any more discussion on this old thread. It's new to me. Brett
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  • Posted by $ jlc 10 years, 1 month ago
    It was really great when we bootstrapped the business. During the day, Wm and I could go around demo-ing our software to lab owners during business hours, then after work was over we could go to the lab we had sold a few weeks earlier and work on the installation there. Two! Two! Two workdays in one!

    (I ended up suggesting to Wm that he get an introduction tag to put on his suit when he went home at night, "Hello. My Name Is William. I am your Husband." That way his wife would know who he was when he came in the front door.)

    Now things are better. I do not miss the 14 hour days or spending all my time on the road. I still like the 'making neat things' part, though.

    Jan
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  • Posted by $ Thoritsu 10 years, 1 month ago
    Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.

    These are the people that think they have something unique to offer the world, are willing to bet on it, and thrive on each day's tiny successes!

    I salute all of them as well.
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