Included in yesterday’s reports of falling UK unemployment was a statistic that a record number of people are self-employed. You cannot help wondering what this really signifies. An optimist might say this is positive and shows increasing enterprise and budding entrepreneurship that bodes well for the future of the economy. On the other hand, a pessimist would argue that this shows an increasing desperation as it simply means people are giving up on trying to find a job and doing whatever they can to earn a livelihood.
As ever the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle. The report, however, rekindled a pet theme of mine: that ultimately everyone works for themselves. After all, bar a fortunate few, we are all compelled to earn a living. For the majority of us that entails “getting a job”. Nothing, however, compels us to take, or continue in, the job we currently have. So you could say that the work we do is largely a matter of personal choice, which effectively means that everyone is actually working for themselves.
Recognising that could profoundly change the way you look at things.