Before you decide to read this book, it is only fair that I warn you of its contents. They are potent and can easily take you out of your comfort zone. If you are satisfied with where you currently are in your career, it is very likely that this might not be the right time for you to read this book. However, if you are like most people I have come across in the workplace who are utterly frustrated with their current experiences, then I believe this is the best time for you to read this book.
The journey out of one’s comfort zone is one that must be well thought through before it is undertaken as there have been many who have become victims along this path. In reality, what most people call their ‘comfort zones’ are really not comfortable, but overtime, their occupants have learnt to adapt themselves to their present condition and try to achieve the best level of comfort that their condition allows. There are quite a few indicators of this reality but my best indicator is the very popular cliché “Thank God it’s Friday”. The question I always ask is what happened to Monday to Thursday? Who exactly should we be thanking for those days? Perhaps, the devil? The truth is that each one of these days is an irreplaceable, finite resource that is equally allocated to every one of us to maximize and create the future we desire. Every time we find ourselves trying to get through most of the week to enjoy just a few days of ‘freedom’, it’s important we realize that we are practically missing out on life because our days are the major constituents of our life.
One question that I believe the title of this book would generate is “What exactly is Corporate Slavery?” The occurrence of slavery has been a reality in the course of humanity that has generated a lot of attention and condemnation. From the ancient Mesopotamian and Mediterranean civilizations to sparse reoccurrences of slavery in our time, the concept of slavery revolves around the withdrawal of a person’s ability to do what he wants to do, when he wants to do it and how he wants to do it. Common definitions of slavery include: “the state of being under the control of another person”, “work done under harsh conditions for little or no pay”, “a form of forced labor in which people are considered to be the property of others and can be held against their will from the time of their capture or purchase and deprived of the right to leave, to refuse to work, or to receive compensation”.
As I mused over these definitions a while ago, it became very apparent to me that we are living in times where people are forced to work under conditions that they would rather not be subjected to.