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How bad bosses and individualism grows the entrepreneurial economy

In many ways, the word "entrepreneur" applies to any ballsy capitalist, at any point in his or her career. But when we think of entrepreneurs, we typically think of someone in their first few years of business operation. This is a time of great risk, and (truth be told) most entrepreneurs fail within this window of time. It's one reason that these individuals in the business world get so much respect: they're willing to take on a manner of risk that most people are unwilling to undergo. The hope is, of course, that this risk will one day enable them to live a life that few are able to afford, and the create jobs and lifestyle improvements for others around them in the process.
But according to a survey conducted by Reed Commercial, economic ambition may not be the only (or even the primary) reason that people set out on the path of entrepreneurship and self-employment. Some people just hate working for other people!

Among surveyed entrepreneurs, this was a major factor for almost 75%. These individuals described previous bosses as demeaning, inconsiderate, aggressive, pushy, and all-around unpleasant to be around. It’s well known that there’s an independent streak that runs through any cross-section of the entrepreneurial class you happen select. But it might be surprising to find that most self-employed people find it so hard to work beneath someone else. What does this tell us about the nature of ambition and the directions in which the global economy grows?

This research is consistent with analysis of stubbornness in children. Certain kids are just tough to parent. They don’t listen well, they don’t like to take direction, and they can be stubborn and difficult in just about any scenario you can imagine. This doesn’t make them bad kids, but it can make them really tough to deal with for parents and guardians. The linked study proves that these stubborn kids are likely to go forward in life into success and stability, much more so than their relatively docile friends and siblings. Researchers think that there is a similar dynamic at play when considering employees and entrepreneurs.

Some people simply won’t set off on the course of self-employment, because they’re satisfied working for someone else. They aren’t overly tormented by thoughts like “I could do this so much better myself”, “nobody is recognising my accomplishments” or “manager so-and-so is my least favorite person, living or dead”. They’re more than happy to work on a job and then return to their own private endeavors when they’re off the clock.

This may sound like a recipe for a happy life, but if the above suggestions are accurate, it’s not a recipe for innovation or economic expansion. Perhaps stubbornness is itself a manifestation of the forces which drive evolution itself. In so far as political economy is an extension of natural occurrences, of which humans are just one link in a chain, then perhaps it’s time to thank our lucky stars, for stubbornness in our employees, our kids, and ourselves.
26 Feb 2016 15:37


About Boris Dzhingarov

Boris Dzhingarov graduated UNWE with a major in marketing. He is the CEO of ESBO ltd brand mentioning agency. He writes for several online sites such as,,, Boris is the founder of and

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