Have you ever felt like a slave to your job? Have you ever looked out your office windows at the lawn care guys and wish you were outside with a weed eater instead of stuck inside an office?
Let me tell you a story. In 2004 I worked for Verizon Wireless as a bill collector. I had a nice cubicle and advanced to the title of Sr. Financial Services Advisor. But I hated calling people all day and getting yelled at by them because they couldn’t pay their overdue cell phone bill. By May I had used up all of my personal days and vacation days for the year.
One day while driving into work I stopped at Starbucks and read and article in the New York Times about a contractor in Iraq who was captured by the Taliban and killed. He was about my age and went to Iraq to earn some extra money for his family. I asked myself, “If this was my last day on earth, would I go to work today?” My answer was a resounding, “NO!”. So I went hiking instead and never returned to Verizon Wireless.
All my life I was taught to you had to “work hard” for your money and that work was a four letter word, and not a good one. I never believed that in my heart but I always chased the money. After all, that’s what grown ups do.
Luckily I had one ally. A guy named Dan Miller had a talk show on a local radio station, 99.7. He talked about how each person has unique gifts and we should choose our own career path that uses those gifts to serve others and create a work and life that we love. I immediately identified with the message and was filled with hope. After all, I moved to Nashville to be a singer and songwriter. I dreamed of traveling the world and performing for people in every continent.
Dan also talked about listening to what people are asking or talking about. In 2008 I heard a friend talk about needing someone to clean his new office condo he just purchased. I asked him if I could do it to earn some extra money. He not only said yes but being the successful business man he is, he sat down and showed me how to identify my unique selling proposition and market my services.
This year I am celebrating starting my sixth year in business. My niche is office condos that need once or twice a week cleaning. I work a little less than sixteen hours per week, mainly on the weekends. I have my weekdays free. This week I’ve gone hiking twice and spent a day having lunch with friends and then went to Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace Plaza to support Iron Jen and her family scream, “We’re debt free!” on his radio show. My band plays at a local bar on Saturday night and life is good. I have a freedom I never had working in a cubicle.
Since starting my business and being successful I have written a book and become a speaker along with musician. The more I open up my mind, take action and associate with positive goal achievers the better my life gets.
Where are you on your journey? Is there anything I can help you with?