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I recently filed for the articles of incorporation for Florida Search Engine Optimization. Now I have to work double time to make sure that everyone that told me that I should have started the company while working for some one else, will have to take a look at how much there is to benefit from working as an independent.

First: What are the benefits of working on your own?

That's a tough one …. I have actually been working harder since I left my last full-time job. Why? Because I am much happier. The fact is that people produce much better when they are working in an environment that offers rewards. Call me simple, but I like rewards. Who wants to dedicate their heart and soul, blood sweat and tears, day in and day out, for a job, business, or company that has no intention of offering rewards for those sacrifices?

Second: What if you Fail?

In my book there is only one true failure in life. Giving Up.

Let's see what this guy accomplished by not giving up …

In 1816 this guys family was kicked out of their home and he had to go to work to make sure that they survived …

A couple of years later, His mother passed away …

in 1831, He Failed In Business (Did he Boo Hoo … ?)

The very next year, he tried to run for legislature … and lost.
Denied …

Later on that year, He lost his job, tried to get in to a law school
Denied …

After that wonderful episode he got a loan from one of his buddies to launch a new business … he went bankrupt by the end of that same year. For the better part of the next two decades, he worked at paying off that debt. (What did he do?)

In 1834 he decided he would have another go at the state legislature …

ACCEPTED …

Right after that he got engaged but his girl died … he was destroyed.

Shortly thereafter he went nuts and stayed in bed for half a year.

A few years later he tried to become a legislative speaker … he was defeated by someone else …
Denied …

A couple more years later he wanted to become an elector … but, he was defeated again …
Denied … (Did he Boo Hoo?)

So, he decided that maybe it would be a good idea to run for Congress again …
Denied …

Then he figured that he should Give It Another Shot … He was elected in to Congress, went to Washington and did great.

ACCEPTED …

He tried to get re-elected in to Congress in 1848 …
Denied …
He tried to take a position as a land officer in his home state in 1849
Denied …

He tried to get in the US Senate in 1854
Denied …

He tried to get the nomination for Vice-President at the national convention with his party in 1856.
Denied … (He only got 100 votes … )

He tried to run for the US Senate again in 1858 …
Denied …

He tried to become the president of the United States in 1860 …
(After all of those Failures?)

HE WON … and was one of the greatest presidents the United States has ever known. That guy … was Abraham Lincoln.

ACCEPTED …

I think my point is made …

Third: Are you really going to be able to make it?

Keep checking back … If I don't … I could always try running for Congress …

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Edward J. Beckett is a passionate software engineer, web developer, server administrator and polyglot programmer with nearly a decade experience building desktop and web applications ranging from simple personal web sites to enterprise level applications on many technology stacks including Java, Java EE, Spring, Spring MVC, Spring Data, Hibernate, SQL, JPA, JMS, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, ColdFusion, PHP, Node.js and more...
  • http://www.seo.cc Zach Hoffman

    Nice article, I like the inspirational story.

  • http://www.edwardbeckett.com Edward Beckett

    @ Zach … thanks a lot …