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The trouble with me and why the future of business isn’t going to come from MBA’s in fancy business schools. (Part 1)
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him… The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself… All progress depends on the unreasonable man.” George Bernard Shaw
People are going to think I am crazy for saying this, but, I am ready to admit it. I am a terrible employee, actually, I think I am un-hireable. If you gave me a full-time job in a corporation on your terms, well, I would probably screw it up royally! Not through malice or lack of ability but because the role would eventually seem pointless to me and I would get bored and lose focus.
Believe me, I have often wondered why I am so bad at working in big company’s. It’s troubled me for a long time. I have been advised that “I should just knuckle down and take it, and in 3 years I would be earning six figures”. I just never felt like a big company was the place for me to do something I actually cared about. In order to “just take it” I am going to need a bigger reason than a nice car,a big TV and a nice steak dinner once a week.
Right now, I am by no means a success, I am broke and moving back in with my parents to continue working on Bfore.me. I can take it, I am not embarassed. I can take it because I believe in what I am doing, and if I believe in what you are doing, well lets chat, lets take tougher road together. It’s easier when you can share your troubles and also more pleasurable when you share spoils too.
It’s taken me 31 years but I think I may have figured it out. The trouble with me, is very simple. If you put me in a rigid system I will try to break it, alter it, to take risks with it and bored out of my mind, probably abuse it (mostly the photo-copier and stationary cupboard). It’s not my fault, really. I think it’s an illness!
I have found that big companies or small companies with entrenched management, don’t very much appreciate a young person coming along and telling them they could try it another way. In fact, I have found in my time that alot of people actually hate change and probably hated me for pointing it out and I was often put in the corner, labelled a trouble maker.
Why is that? Well, I put it down to the security in bureaucracy and protection of power dynamics. Red tape enables people to manage change at a pace they understand. Why? Simply so that they stay on top. I respect that now, but for a long time I didn’t and that often got me and my big mouth into a lot of trouble. The thing is the worlds changing faster than ever. if you want to change fast, don;t work in a big company! SIMPLE!
I am undisciplined and I don’t respect the status quo. For a long time I was told this was the wrong way to be. That I was never going to get that payrise, promotion, never going to get that office. I guess that would matter to me if I cared about those medals of success. I don’t care about those things. After engaging with the start up community I realise that these unruly traits are valuable to business and it seems that I was just applying myself to the wrong problems or the wrong part of the business cycle.
I feel that we are living in a formidable times, everything is changing, almost anything is up for debate. The people with capital are taking risks, are saying, you want to change that, here go try! It’s exciting.
I have always felt like I was a lone wolf, a socially awkward outsider, but through working on Bfore.me, after meeting other founders, entreprenuers and searching for advice on running a start up. I have found that we are many and we are everywhere. The undisciplined, the disrespectful, the irrelevant, the unreasonable, the troublemakers, the doers, the dreamers. We are all the things risk averse people in safe secure jobs tell themselves and their children not to be. Wether it’s because of their education, family, childhood, self-image, ego, fear of failure or whatever - they stand on the sidelines maybe hoping you’ll make it, maybe hoping you won’t!
We are not bettter, or worse. We are just different, uncomfortable in the now always looking to the next. We see change and chaos as preferable to doing the same thing over and over again because it works. We want everything to better because we know, from history that it can be, and usually the world is better for the endeavour!
Don’t be afraid to be unreasonable, or act outside of social norms, todays social restriction is tomorrows liberation. Ignoring the rules for a while might just be the one thing that actually saves the world! (part 2 coming soon!)
I am going to be playing at the George and Vulture on Pitfield street. It’s really near Old street.
I am playing this song among other material I have written for my new album “Songs for my unborn children” at 7.30. :)