Opening Doors and Windows

It’s springtime here in Central Texas, time to open our windows and doors.  And for me, another door in my life has just opened.  I’m excited to announce that I’ve just received an offer letter for a new job that I’m VERY excited about.  I am going to be the Communications Manager for a hosting company down in San Antonio and will be responsible for all of their internal and external communications – everything from creating the strategy and plans to implementing them to writing blogs and creating PowerPoint presentations (oh no, not that!)  The company is called Hostway and I’ll be starting at the end of the month.

What’s important about this (aside from the fact that I needed a job) is that I’ll once again be doing something that I love.  I’ll be creating communication strategy and at the same time, rolling up my sleeves and implementing that strategy.  I’ll be able to use both sides of my brain – the logical, planning and strategic side as well as the creative side.  And I’ll be challenged.  In my previous role, I was dying inside by degrees because I wasn’t challenged enough.  And because I didn’t have any say in how things were done.  My new role with Hostway is also a new role for the company so I’ll have the ability to create it and make it my own.  By utilizing both sides of my brain, I’ll be able to really make this position something that is mine and plays to my strengths.  I’ll be doing what I love.

I hope that you are doing what you love.  Or at least something that you like.  I know that some of you hate your jobs.  And that makes me sad.  To those of you who hate what you do, I encourage you to leave and find something else.  “But the money’s good and I need to feed my family, pay my bills, etc.”  I know the reasons.  I’ve said them myself.  But let me tell you my experience.  Every single time I’ve chased the money, I’ve lived to regret it.  I currently have offers pending for positions that pay as much as $15K more a year that I will be turning down because they will be putting me back into a box that I don’t want to be in.  They will be stifling my creativity, stunting my ability to be strategic and have control over processes and procedures, eliminate my ability to have control over the future of communications for the organization.  If you pursue what you love, the money will follow.  And on top of that, you won’t spend 8 or more hours a day in misery – the way I was not too long ago.

The average American works something like 45-50 hours a week.  That’s a lot of time to spend at something you hate. So if you hate what you do, get out of there.  That’s not living. I’m not even sure I’d call it surviving.  I’d call it being a member of the walking dead.  Find your passion.  Find your love and follow your dreams.  No, it’s not too late.  It’s only too late if you say so. Is it scary to quit a well-paying job to set out on your own and to pursue the unknown?  Absolutely.  Of course it is.  But the very definition of courage is acting in spite of fear.  The most successful people in the world don’t get there by doing what they hate.  They get there by doing what they love.

So throw open your doors and windows.  Let in the fresh spring air. Let this spring be a time when you reassess your priorities and decide what it is you want for your life.  What is it that makes your blood rush?  What is it that stirs your passions?  Don’t settle.  I can’t say this strongly enough.  THIS IS NOT A DRESS REHEARSAL.  This is the one life we have and so you’d better make the most of each and every day or one day you will wake up and realize that you’ve let a lifetime slip through your fingers like so much sand.

I’m lucky.  I just received an offer for my dream job for the second time in my life.  In reality, luck had little to do with it though.  In reality, it was hard work, perseverance, and the refusal to say no and to settle.  Even while I had that soul-sucking job before, I continued to search for my dream job.  In fact, I applied for THIS job while still employed at my last one.  So if you can’t just up and quit your hated job, begin to lay the groundwork now for your more beautiful tomorrow.

I know, I’m preaching and for that, I’m sorry.  It’s just that I feel so strongly about this subject.  So many times I have mistakenly taken on roles that in my gut I knew were not right for me just because they paid more.  I was chasing the money.  And that’s about the worst thing in the world you can do.  It took me a lot of years and a lot of heartache to learn that so if I can save just one person from doing that then this blog post is worth it.  If you do what you love, the money will come to you because you’ll excel and put out such great energy that it can’t help but draw more positives into your life.  And even if you don’t get those huge raises that you hope for, your days will be filled with enjoyment instead of drudgery.

There will come a time in my life when I decide it is time to abandon the corporate world and focus only on my art.  That time is many years in the future because there’s still so much I want to accomplish in the corporate world.  But I know in the back of my mind that one day, that time will come.  So I’m doing what I encouraged you to do earlier in this post – I’m laying the groundwork for that now.  I’ll be focusing on setting up the strongest financial savings plan that I can which will enable me to live comfortably and devote all of my time to my art.  (Please see www.solcatchers.net for examples of my art).

Again, that time is decades away but by doing what I love now – corporate communications – I can set the stage for my other love – playing with broken glass.  (Kind of like running with scissors but with all the proper protective safety equipment!)  In the meantime, I have the best of both worlds.  A job that I will love and a hobby that I love and can turn into a small business when I’m ready to.  I am grateful and fortunate and hope that this post reaches at least one person out there and gets them to make a change for the better.  Remember, we only have so much time on this blue globe so what you do with your time here is critical.  Don’t settle.  Dash.

Peace,
Leslie

 

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