Monday, April 20, 2015


A few weeks ago, Damon Dash went on a rant on The Breakfast Club morning radio show.   In this interview, he primarily talked about how we all need to “boss up” and stop working for “the man”.  He stressed that most people that work a job can’t leave their job to their kids.  Dame is obviously a successful entrepreneur and hates the idea of having a boss. 

Charlamagne the God liked the idea of self-empowerment but totally disagreed with Dame’s premise.  Charlamagne went on to talk about this further on his Brilliant Idiots podcast with Andrew Schultz….. episode “Chatty Patty”.  They interviewed the great actor that we know as Malik Yoba.

 Malik Yoba grew up with Dame in Harlem.  Mr. Yoba has similar views to Dame @ “bossing up”…. yet less radical.  I’m a big fan of bossing up.  I’ve been thinking about this for a few days and this is my response to the question….

“Is having a boss really that bad?”

My answer is: Yes, No, and Maybe…

This country is partial to business owners, homeowners, and land owners.  To own your own in this country means something.  There are benefits and tax incentives in relation to ownership. 

I’m never going to make the type of money that I really want to make working a full-time job for someone else (I’m 99% certain). 

If you have what it takes to “go it alone”….in my opinion…. You should!!  If you have a vision to leave your business to your family, that’s invaluable.   Even if your children do not want to work for the family business, it’s nice to have that option.

In this era, if you expect a company to take care of you for the rest of your natural life, one might wake up to a rude awakening.  Pensions plans are fading away.

Everyone is not cut out for business.  Not everyone has the knowledge, education, temperament, or stomach to build and maintain a business.  Not everyone wants to be a boss.  I have my own part time business while I work my fulltime job.  I also like having multiple streams of income.  I have been fortunate to have great bosses.  Ultimately, my goal is to be bi-vocational.  I am growing my business and increasing my income streams: passive and non-passive.    

Like Mr. Dash, I am not a company man.  If I would have figured it all out by now, I would be 100% on my own.  I’m not ashamed to say that I haven’t figured it out completely.  I won’t pretend that I don’t need my job.  I look forward to the 1st and 15th every month.

My parents never owned their own business but they helped me get a few jobs.  I plan to use my network to help my children get a job and to start their own businesses.

My 14 yeard old son sold candy at school until his mother and I fired him.  (He’s eligible for rehire in 6 months).  I just helped him get a job at one of the places that I do business. My 7 year old daughter has been begging us to start a lemonade stand.  I plan to help her make that happen this summer.

Ultimately, it depends upon the person.  It’s on a case by case basis. 


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