I didn’t know jobs were supposed to make you unhappy!
At least this is what crosses my mind when I walk into an office and see how miserable some people are in their job. They act as if someone has put a gun to their head and forced them to work for their pay.
I now acknowledge that I have been extremely privileged.
No. I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth. I know what it is like to have to split the chicken wing with a sibling or share a twin bed and risk falling out based on who’s night it was to sleep at the end.
I have been privileged because even as a child, I saw work as a way for me to do the things I loved. I didn’t know I was supposed to go through the jobs that you showed up because you had bills to pay. I have been extremely blessed that I’ve always seen working as something I get to do. A way for me to serve others and learn.
I would take jobs outside my skillset or even interest for the opportunity to have a new experience.
Yes, in university I did take on a job for pay purposes only. That stint at Subway lasted about two weeks and the way I was fired will always be epic to me. I walked into do my shift one evening and the manager says to me,
“You work here?”
“Yes,” I replied.
“Well you don’t anymore,” was the response.
I’m pretty sure I wanted to bust out laughing and give him a big hug but instead, I said thank you and left. LOL
That’s the only job on record that I have ever been fired from.
I’ve always taken jobs that I want to do and where there is a need I can fill. Once I believe I have done the best I can with what access and resources I have at my disposal then I know it is time to move on.
Now, I am more likely to fire a client who I no longer believe I can serve to the best of my ability. That isn’t always easy because when they are happy with you then they want to keep you around. It may seem like an easy win to just keep working and taking that retainer but you must know when you can no longer deliver what they need. This takes courage.
When you build your credibility and your reputation of delivering world class service is known, then you get to choose. You don’t have to take every job that is offered to you because you have bills to pay. You can lean into the projects and clients that excite you and who you believe your solutions are the right fit for.
I want this for you.
How about a life where you do the picking and the choosing of who you work with and when?
You name your price and they say, Let’s Do This!
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