I spent 10 years working for "the man" before I realized I just wasn't meant to work for anyone else.
If I could give one message to women who truly desire to build a business and contribute to others, it's that you only have one life (that we know of) don't spend it in a cubical if you don't want to.
If you've ever told yourself that you're just not cut out to work for anyone else, I totally get it! And not because you're entitled, or you think you can do it better, but because you realized that there are things on this planet that you feel called to do, and you keep searching for it in all the wrong places. OMG - is my relationship with my career a mirror for my relationship with men? Anyway....
I spent 10 years working for "the man" before I realized I just wasn't meant to work for anyone else. Two years and nine months. That's the longest I lasted at a job over those course of 10 years. (funny enough my longest relationship was a little over two years...)
At first I thought something was wrong with me. Did I have commitment issues? Then I thought I just didn't find the right job for me, one where I was really contributing to the world and making money. Then I started to believe that I had to choose, money or a career I was passionate about.
You name it - I've probably thought it. By the age of 26 I was making over six figures, was living in a gorgeous apartment and was traveling the world. But I wasn't happy. So two years and nine month's later I quit my job. I thought that would be the beginning of a beautiful entrepreneurship journey. But the truth is I was scared shitless. I had student loans from earning my MBA, I wasn't receiving a steady paycheck, and I kept believing that I wasn't ready or that I didn't know enough to actually build my own business. So I got another job.
Yup - I caved. But honestly not for long. I took a job heading up digital marketing at a startup. And when that didn't feel fulfilling enough I took on a part-time job teaching entrepreneurs how to use online marketing strategies and tactics to generate results for their business. But finally I cracked. I turned into a zombie that was hopped up on coffee, living off of ice cream, cheese, and crackers, and pretty much hated my life. It didn't matter that I was now living in Boston, that I had an amazing one bedroom apartment in Back Bay or that I was making good money.
So I quite without a plan. That's right - for the second time in a 3 year period I quit a job with no plan. And off I went on an journey to find discover how I truly wanted to contribute to the world.
MY BIGGEST JOY IS SUPPORTING WOMEN IN CREATING & BUSINESS AND A LIFE THEY LOVE!
My journey lead me to coaching, writing and speaking and I know that the way in which I contribute to the world will continue to expand. I love love love what I do each and every day and wouldn't trade it in for the world.
When I got started, I was happier making $0 and doing what I love than I ever was making over $100,000 doing something that I wasn't passionate about.
Now don't get me wrong, when I started my business I still wanted to make good money. In fact, from the beginning I believed I could make more money working for myself than I ever had working for someone else. And as far as I'm concerned, we manifest what we believe and what we focus on.
But today even my worst days as an entrepreneur is still better than my best days working for someone else.
Entreprenurship isn't for everyone. But I am sooooo freaking glad it's a part of my journey.