The advantage of working for someone else at first is the chance to observe firsthand how other people do business. We can see where mistakes are made in day to day practice and where performance might be improved. Indeed, probably the greatest difficulty at first will be to refrain from offering to show the owner how to run his business. But we had better wait a bit, maybe the owner has good reasons for his methods.
As the beginner will lose nothing by waiting and may learn something worth while. Meanwhile, can be mastering the details of own job. Remember technical excellence is one thing-complete mastery involves more. Technical excellence is doing the work skillfully. Complete mastery is knowing all there is about the job, its history and development, its importance and place in the organization, the various ways of doing the work and why the present way is the best. With magazines, associations, and day and evening college business courses, there is no excuses for failure to master a job, other than laziness or lack of will if the worker is in good health.
One disadvantage of working for someone else, after the beginner has mastered the work and through experience has gained confidence in ability, is that we may be subject to the whims of employer and gradually may lose ambition and sense of independence. It is easy to get into a rut and hard to get out of one. In addition, as a person grows older and takes on ventures, lest we be unsuccessful and affect adversely those dependent on us. In other words, we have less courage and boldness and may actually become afraid to cut loose from what we have come to feel is a permanent job, though not wholly a satisfactory one.