How Institutions Beat Out Your Independence & Reclaiming Empowerment
Noam Chomsky has that wonderful saying :
“The whole educational and professional training system is a very elaborate filter, which just weeds out people who are too independent, and who think for themselves, and who don’t know how to be submissive, and so on — because they’re dysfunctional to the institutions.”
One of my best sayings that I found described me in a nutshell. Ever since I was a little girl, I hated authority because I saw right through the fucking mess that this bullshit world has ended up creating. Although diligent and paying attention in class, I knew the careful disruption that my life would take, the time I left University.
Well, more like dropped out. I did 2 different years, in 2 different places, by the second year, I was bored, tired, exhausted and fed up of academic bullshit, so I just told them to remove my name from the roster and off I went, to start my own company. The first business I ever had, was a minefield of stress, disaster and pain, but the BEST learning I have ever received in my life. I was 22, when I first opened, and I had to learn the ropes by myself with no one there.
I fucked up in MANY ways. There were days I wasn’t so nice to my staff, or clients or anyone. There were days I felt like a failure. There were days I had to swallow my pride, quit what wasn’t working and start from Ground Zero again. But for me personally, all of that was a better option infront of the bullshit people go through prostituting themselves into their own enslavement and then complaining about it.
I have never fit into an employment structure, a schooling structure and anything that requires me to listen to authority who doesn’t know what the fuck they are talking about, much less think they are about to order me around. When you have so much focus and self-discipline, a boss is not an option any longer and you walk out of that shit, clean cut. Chomsky’s quote rings home for all Entrepreneurs who really don’t give a flying fuck about being some cog in a big man’s wheel. The Nonchalance and disregard for authority, actually means that you can go and build your own structure and system, without anyone getting in your way.
It takes balls. It takes courage. And most people, especially in Western societies do NOT have that courage any longer. I am LUCKY to have grown up and schooled in East Africa, everyone was always thinking about what they could do for themselves, work wise — -as Corporate jobs are short in those countries. This alone fosters an Entrepreneurial mindset.
Reclaiming your empowerment, often means finding out who YOU ARE, sticking to the plan and working on day and night. This requires immense amounts of sacrifice, self-starting behaviours, discipline and a strong will to get the job done. Most people do not have this, and hence cannot work for themselves because they are used to being ordered and pushed around like sheep.
In this world, you’re either a Lion or a Sheep.