Caution : If you are an employee in an MNC or a Corporate this post can be disturbing . This post is strictly for those who are working in a company for a salary but have the burning desire to start their own company . For those who are content with their day job and dont have any thoughts about entrepreneurship etc. this post is not your you Keep doing the wonderful job you are doing .
Corporate’s need talented people like you and if they know you are talented its really hard for them to fill your space , as its very difficult to find a more skilled person . So they definitely need to have ingenious strategies to keep you locked to your seats . The smallest idea you have in your mind to jump out and start your own venture is the biggest fear for Corporations and companies Who knows you can start out to even make something bigger than them !
So how do these MNC’s and corporations keep you away from thinking on starting something on your own ?
What are the elements they have created to keep you locked ?
Here are 6 well known powerful stealth strategies that have been devised cleverly to get you far from minding your business .
A friend of mine used to work for a leading organisation as a JAVA architect back in 2007 – he is an entrepreneur now owning a successful WEB 2.0 firm . I still remember the words of my friend when he submitted his resignation letter to his company . We met in the coffee shop outside the Software park back then …
Me : Dude , whats this ? All of the sudden you are quitting your job . Whats happening man ?
Friend : Dunno man . Just feeling bored of the daily work . The people inside also make me feel sick …
Me : Hhhhmmm not getting well along with your Team leader huh ?
Friend : No Dude …its the aspiration and attitude of my colleagues that Am frightened off . I spoke to couple of my Team mates and asked them what their ambition is …. they say ” To become a SUN certified professional and keep completing all the related certifications ” …. it just gives me a feel that I too will start developing a low mindset like them man . So quit the company for good to try doing something on my own .
Just think of all these certifications ( MCP , JCP , OCP etc. ) as a very cleverly engineered way to keep you occupied in a very competitive manner for years an years . Be it a Microsoft certification or an Oracle certification etc. have you ever seen an end to any line of certifications ? When you finish the last certification in a particular line , all of a sudden a new paper pops out for the latest version of the software and as you spend months to finish it the next pops out and it keeps going . So all in all you keep writing certification after certification for years and finally become a project manager , only to write another stream of Project management related certifications .
Corporations know this science very well . By the time you have finished writing all your certifications you will be in your MID or late 30′s and you are married and with a kid probably . With such personal commitments for sure you cant take a big risk of quitting your job to chase your dream ( unless you have some solid financial backing -or- you are a man of true guts ) .
The point to think here is : Is it really worth a LIFETIME to just prove that you are a certified master of a technology which someone is owning and minting money on ? Who are these people to certify you ?
– Team lunch and Tours :
Have you heard of the word getting “ Institutionalized ” ( If you have seen the movie Shawshank redemption you will understand it better ) . For others here is the meaning of the word :
Refers to someone who has been in a institution for so long that they no longer remember how to live outside of the institution, be it a jail, mental hospital or whatever 🙂
Enchanting huh ? Well to make you get Institutionalized – these Team Lunches , Office Tours , Ethnic days etc. help a lot . The science behind it is very simple . As you keep enjoying hanging around with your office buddies in such fun events , Outings etc. your brain slowly starts to make that ring of friendship as a Family . The more you start to get into it , the harder it will be for you to even think of quitting your JOB . Here you start to enjoy the community around you more than your salary .
This is one of the main reasons you see many not quitting their job even if they get a better package outside . This technique is infact one of the most powerful MIND techniques used by Corporate’s that even the thought of quitting your job can bring you a very un-comfortable feel . Even in the rare case one decides to QUIT , a small counselling session is enough to make him change his mind .
– Easy access to Loans :
Man – believe it or not , this is the KING of all techniques that has been very cleverly planned and executed by Companies through out the years that it has become part of the environment
There is no better way to LOCK someone from starting his own company . Committing him to 2-3 loans can make him committed and locked for his entire lifetime . All it requires is a HOME LOAN , a CAR LOAN and the thought of quitting your job will run a spike of fear down your spine ! The more financially committed you become the more your dream goes out of reach . If you are in plans of jumping out in the wild and doing your dream startup say NO to such commitments . You can easily earn much bigger fortune and own this HOME & CAR very soon .
– Perks , Hikes and Promotions :
The aim here is to make these 3 words the only schedule in your calender called LIFE Every year just goes by making you perform better and planned for the next years hike or promotion . The truth here is the time period between a promotion or change in designation keeps increasing the older you become . If you notice carefully between your early 20′s to mid 30′s you will be able to get atleast one promotion a year ( along with a HIKE ) . But as you start crossing your mid 30′s this year gap keeps increasing .
The science here is after you cross your mid 30′s ( and get married with a child etc. ) your risk taking mentality decreases slowly and seems impossible . So after that you have no other way than to heed to what your employer tells you .
I have seen many startup founders who have earned a heavy salary while they worked , but had the guts to shake themselves out of that comfort zone and come out and start their company with nearly no salary at all for months . You definitely need this material in you to explore the WILD !
So dont get locked in this rat race of running behind these Perks and hikes . Give yourself a promotion . Make yourself the CEO from day 1 in your own startup !
– Social status & respect :
This is again a sentimental factor that has become a part of our community . Working in a world class organisation by itself gives you a happy feeling and all the respect and status in the society Did you ever notice that all this respect and status is not for you but for the name of the company behind you ? Now how many would like to sacrifice this for starting their own Startup ? well I have seen many just enjoying the pride of wearing their companies ID card around their necks even when they are on their way back home
” If you need to get a full view of everything – you need to JUMP ! “
and last but not a least …. employing a LOT of PRETTY GIRLS to make the workplace a heaven on earth .
Its like a GYM without girls and with girls … which workout area would you prefer ? This science has been used again and again – and also in Companies 🙂