Every week a top leader from our office is chosen by everyone in the office and this week Andre was selected. Andre has really stepped up his game this week as a leader, trainer, and employee. He gave an inspirational speech on what Freedom means to his parents' generation and to him. Defined as the ability to do what one wants when one wants, freedom has no limits. Although freedom is a fundamental right, most don't have full freedom.
To Andre's parents freedom constitutes having a stable profession that will pay the bills. The job must be either salary or hourly pay, have benefits, paid vacation, and takes place Monday-Friday from 9-5. However, freedom comes with a huge cost! These costs usually consist of being micromanaged, confined to a cubicle, and usually busy or menial work. Yet, these are the jobs that tend to have the highest amount of layoffs each year! Not very stable and secure at all!
For Andre having any of the above is not his priority. He doesn't mind working long hours because he knows if you work hard now you can play even harder later. With most businesses cutting back on benefits, which of those benefits will be left? With salary and hourly pay, you're capped no matter how hard you work or try. Hence, to Andre, freedom is the ability to love one's work, to have fun at work, and independence. Luckily, for him, he has this 'freedom' in his current position. Ultimately, his goal is to one day own his own business. At the pace he is going, he is not far from his goal.
This blog was written by Li and posted by Kylah Allen