• Home
  • >
  • Blog
  • >
  • The Real Reason I Run A Business (It’s Not What You Think)

The Real Reason I Run A Business (It’s Not What You Think)

May 26, 2024  

By Charlie Hutton

May 26, 2024

This other week my son had a meltdown because of school exams…

At 10 years old. 

He’s done with the revision. 

He’s done with the workbooks. 

He’s D-O-N-E. 

And as a result, there was some epic swearing…some loud stomping… and some books were thrown down in classic WWE fashion. 

Now, to be clear, Em (my wife) and I give zero shyts about these exams. 

Pretty sure his ability to spell ‘hippopotamus’ is no indicator of his future. 

Plus, it seems like teachers have forgotten about the wonders of spell-check, let alone the power of AI. 

But the exams are a useful tool. 

A life lesson in conforming (or not.) 

And why sometimes you’ve got to go left when the world goes right. 

“Is this why you run a business Dad?” 


“Even though it is harder?”


And it got me thinking about why any man chooses to walk this path… 

For me, the real reason I choose to operate my businesses isn’t what most think. 

It’s not the toys, the cars or any of those perks. 

Not interested in that. 

For me, a business it’s about one thing and one thing only…


Which in my world means doing: 

  • What you want 
  • When you want 
  • Where you want 
  • With whom you want 
  • At the price you want 
  • With the terms you want 

And if autonomy is the goal that quickly rules out employment. 

It also rules out contracting, freelancing, or any life where you’re a performing monkey,  no matter how well-paid. 

See in my experience, that old way of thinking forces you into a prison of your own making. 

And leaves you trapped in a miserable existence, feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. 

Trapped in a business where turnover looks good but the cash in your back pocket is pitiful for the work you put in. 

The big goal in this game?

Total Autonomy. 

Until next time. 

Make More. Provide More. Be More.

Charlie Hutton


Founder Of The One Man Empire Movement.

Make More. Provide More. Be More.

Connect With The Movement Now