I spent 14 years as a corporate soldier. I was good at it. I got many big promotions. But I was never the perfect corporate soldier. My aptitudes and principles did not align with it. Therefore, I was never truly happy.
The salary, expense account, company cars, and prestige were very nice though. I regret to say, that’s probably why I stayed for so long. But it wasn’t meaningful enough for me to make corporate soldiering my life’s work.
Not all corporations are bad. Some new companies are very different than the old school corporate mentality when I was an employee. Even so, I’ve noticed that as these relatively new companies become corporation giants they begin to slip away from their original humanistic values. In addition, not all highly successful corporate soldiers fit all the characteristics that I’ll describe. A few exceptional individuals manage to slip through nearly unscathed.
The characteristics of the perfect corporate soldier that I’ll present next might help you decide if you…
- Should avoid corporate careers.
- Fit the corporate model for excelling.
- Should quit the corporate world for good.
Here are the characteristics of the perfect corporate soldier.
Choose who you entrust your career with carefully. Or trust completely in yourself by becoming a solopreneur (articles) as I’ve done.