Don’t Believe Those Who Say You Can’t be Successful Working for Someone Else, Here’s why

Working for someone does not prevent you from leaving your mark on the world. If anything, more often than not, it empowers you to do just that.

“You’ll never get rich working for someone else” is a statement that’s passed around quite often. Of course, it’s not true. While the list of the World’s Richest is overtly dominated by self-made billionaires, they make up less than 0.002 percent of the over 100 million people in the world earning more than $100,000 per annum, most of who are salary earners in companies they do not own. However, there’s more to success than how much you earn. This includes personal and professional accomplishments, a sense of fulfillment and the ability to leave your mark in the world, all of which you can achieve working for someone else.

Money is always going to hold some certain sway in determining one’s career success, and working for someone doesn’t stop you from earning an impressive income. This 2015 research lists the 100 best places to work in Nigeria, with pay package among the criteria for their selection. There are also many in-work benefits that come with employment, such as HealthCare and Pension, amongst others. However, there is also great deal of personal and professional accomplishment which can be attained from being employed.

Many of the renowned personalities who are widely admired for their lives and careers achieved many of their remarkable feats working for someone else whether in corporate organizations, the academia or even in government. The key is to embark on your career journey with hard work, dedication and a commitment to excellence. As notable American writer, Pearl Buck, once quipped, “The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.” The great thing is, excellence doesn’t just breed joy in work, it also breeds joy in your life.

Closely tied to joy in work, and outside it, is a sense of fulfilment, and you can gain this from working for someone. Three key things you need is to find the right work which gives you a sense of purpose, leaves you with valuable responsibilities and provides with you with a good means livelihood. Once you’re feeling deeply fulfilled at work, you will not only achieve a considerable deal of lasting happiness, you will also experience—and maintain—a boost in self-esteem, positivity and confidence in yourself and your abilities.

Most importantly, working for someone does not prevent you from leaving your mark on the world. If anything, more often than not, it empowers you to do just that. Take for example the doctors and nurses who perform heroic acts daily saving lives or the scientists who discover genius solutions to global problems; they often work for someone else. However, leaving a mark goes beyond directly saving lives or inventing new tech, it includes contributing to society and enriching the lives of others in our micro-duties, whether as teachers molding leaders of tomorrow or members of a staff of a company providing essential services to clients or a community.