Have you ever been in a place in your career where everything just clicked and you knew you were where you are supposed to be? I’m currently having that moment. Right now. As I type, and probably again as you read this. I have always had visions of a successful career and being a working woman. I remember in high school I saved up my babysitting money and bought a two piece brown suede Express skirt suit and wore it on the first day of sophomore year because I longed to be a business woman. I felt like a million bucks, although I probably looked more like the $19.99 it actually cost!
My first job out of college was incredible. I worked with the best people, more like family really, and was exposed to high levels of business at a really young age and learned a ton from the experience. But it was in commercial real estate. In 2004 (awesome!) through 2008 (NOT awesome). You know the rest of that story. So I set off on a mission to find the career I longed for and ended up working at a few places that just weren’t a great fit for me. The thing is, when you have always built up this dream of a fulfilling and successful career and you aren’t feeling that way or even worse, you hate your job, it can really start to wear on your confidence and spirit.
This was me for a very long time. So long that I started to question the little voice in the back of my head telling me it wasn’t right and started to consider if there was something wrong with me, if I was looking for an opportunity that didn’t exist or was expecting too much out of what I should gain from a job. Maybe work is just work.
But then I landed the dream. I didn’t know it was the dream at the time, but I do now. Don’t get me wrong, there are non-glamorous moments and some tough long work days, like with any job. But I have woken up every single day since being in this role full of pride for the company I work for, love and respect for the people I work with and excited about the work we do.
All of this is to say please PLEASE whatever you do, do not ignore the little voice telling you to go for it, keep pushing and dream big. I am thankful I did, even when I struggled to see the light. Because now I am here, at my first national sales meeting, and am so full of passion for the work I am doing that I can’t believe they are paying me to do it. Cheers!
Having recently left my teaching job and currently looking for work, I needed to read this post this morning. Thanks for the inspiration. I’m hoping something more suitable for me will come my way soon.