Throughout my life, I’ve excelled at every job I’ve ever done. When I got an interview, I was hired. When I got the job, I was promoted. When I was promoted, I learned new skills. When I learned new skills, I was more marketable. When I was more marketable, more opportunities presented themselves, and so, the cycle would begin again at a higher level of influence. This was a wonderful opportunity, for which I am thankful, but there was a problem… I was bored!
Working for someone else was never a vision I had for myself.
I identify with my career, and the work I do largely shapes who I am on a personal level. When I worked for others, I always felt as though there was something lacking from my life. I always felt limited by their boundaries, and their personal aspirations. Sometimes I would find myself more passionate about their business than they did, and my enthusiasm would be seen as over the top, even intimidating to some.
My reaction would be to tone it down, and let my excitement fade.
When a dreamer allows themselves to be limited by others, they can feel trapped. I’ve felt trapped by evey job I’ve ever held. Not at first, remember my enthusiasm, but over time. After being told “No” or “We can’t do that” or “It’s not our policy” enough times, I begin to feel like a caged animal. So, I usually leave, a little disgruntled, and look to find another adventure, and so, the cycle would begin again.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve been searching for fulfillment all your life, and if you’re anything like me, a large part of that fulfillment comes from what you do as a career, so you can probably identify with the frustration I’ve felt as an employee. You were probably raised, very similar to me, and were taught to go to school, get good grades, and find a decent job. We simply weren’t taught that there were alternatives.
I have always been entrepreneurial, as a kid I sold friendship bracelets, and anything else I thought someone might pay for, but my skills were not recognized, and I did not have a mentor to guide me. As a young person I saw these activities as fun, but did not know at the time that they could be valuable. Instead, I dismissed them as a hobby, and focused on the tasks that would lead me towards a job, thus begins my journey towards discontentment.
Years and years I spent working in 9 to 5 drudgery, when I knew as a child what I was supposed to do. I’ve never been meant to punch a clock, or commute. I’ve been destined to make my own rules, and rely on my own creativity to excell in this world.
It’s been a long journey to get to where I am today, but I’m so glad I’m finally here. I’m taking the first steps as an adult towards entrepreneurship. I’m going back to basics, and back to what I truely love to do. I am going to let my spirit soar, and do what I was meant to do all along.
Have you ever experienced a feeling like mine? What did you do about it?
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