Hireling or Owner?

There is a massive difference.


  • need someone else to tell them what to do—for everything
  • blame their boss when something goes wrong
  • stay in the their lane, get the job done, and go home
  • spend the company’s money freely
  • have as their primary goal making a good impression on their boss or peers


  • take initiative as much as possible (and it is possible 98% of the time)
  • accept responsibility when something goes wrong; wonder how they could improve next time
  • show up early, work harder than most, actively think about how to improve things
  • steward company dollars wisely; care about the company’s profits
  • have as their primary goal making the company as successful as possible

As an employee, you can be a hireling or an owner. It all depends on where you think the buck stops.

A 2015 survey by Gallup showed that “50.8% of employees were ‘not engaged,’ while another 17.2% were ‘actively disengaged.'”

I wonder what engagement would be like if all employees saw themselves as an owner.

In my opinion, every person should know what it’s like to be a freelancer or entrepreneur for at least a little while. That is, they should experience a direct connection between their output and their income. It would expose a shocking amount of waste.

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