My Journey to Becoming My Own Boss — Part II
Today, I am THRILLED to share with you what the catalyst was that drove me to leave the 8-to-5 world and stepping out into entrepreneurship. Before I share, I would like to ask you a few questions: What would you do for free if money did not matter? What is that dream or desire that you find yourself daydreaming about? If you could change anything right now about your circumstances, what would it be?
Let me be honest with you; these have been questions that have been on my heart for years. I’ve always wrestled with the question of “Should I pursue my passion as my profession, or something more lucrative that will pay the bills and help me maintain a certain lifestyle?” After spending over a decade in a successful career in the business field, it did not take long for me to realize that money and self-sufficiency did not satisfy those deep longings that woke me up in the night. I found myself daydreaming about spending time doing what I am passionate about.
To help satisfy this strong calling, I spent evenings after work as a Volunteer Youth Mentor in the inner city of Cleveland. I instantly fell in love with the kids and families I was working with, and starting thinking of ways I could do this full-time. The next morning I would be going into my day job, always prepared to do my best; however my heart wanted to be out in the community with the families I had spent several years building a relationship with.
At my 11th anniversary in my corporate job, with the support of my loving husband, I decided to accept a job offer at a local agency as a social worker. I spent the next 5 months working in the community with several families in the capacity of a mentor and coach. I loved my work, but my schedule quickly became easily overloaded with clients who had very legitimate and most often desperate needs for physical and emotional help. The nature of this job depleted all of my emotional and physical reserves and I found that I often sacrificed my own mental and physical health to meet the demands of the job. Marriage and Family are a high priority for me, and I felt that this type of work was not sustainable in the long term when it came to being both physically and emotionally available at home.
In January of this year, through the encouragement and support of my husband, I decided to boldly step out and pursue an opportunity of starting my own business. I remember starting out very strong with a vigor that was driven by my dream. However, after the first few months, I became quickly discouraged because I realized I was lacking the necessary skills and support to grow my business. I often felt like giving up, but my faith and dream that burned in my heart kept me moving forward. Looking back over this past year, I realized that this was one of the scariest, but one of the best decisions.
Tomorrow, I will share with you the turning point and saving grace that kept me from giving up on being my own boss. My hope is that this message will help inspire you to keep going and to not give up on your dream!