Hi, It’s been a while.
The holidays have come and gone. Families have come together and then gone back to their lives. Gifts have been exchanged. The dust is settling and much has happened since I last wrote here.
What’s new? Well I’m still very much the same, although I have learned a lot more and am better for it, but somehow more dissatisfied with the status quo than before. I’m now absolutely certain I can’t work for a boss, any boss.
I have grown tired of the rat race I volunteer myself to daily. I have come to believe very strongly that life is more than giving up your time and life to a company for eight or more hours a day, and then expecting to have enough energy and patience left to be able to deal with the challenges of home life.
What if the company you work for has some core fundamental beliefs that you don’t share? What if you work in a corner of the company where those beliefs are simply a poster on the wall no one really seems to take notice of?
I’ve rocked the boat a couple of times in my career because I naively believed in those core values. I got burned and had to move on from those companies. While the decisions to move on were my own, they were based on the frustrations that all other options were exhausted. In short, I left managers, not companies.
My advice is this, don’t settle and stay true to yourself under all circumstances.
As appealing as cowardice is when you see and know a wrong is being committed against yourself or others, don’t take that option. You will lose a very important part of yourself and along with it a fundamental part of the human spirit.
I want to and I will do things differently than I have seen them being done. Different than I have experienced them.
Towards the end of 2017 I started my own business. Right now it’s small and has only 1 customer. This will change and we will gain more customers this year. When we become big enough to start hiring people, we will treat our employees with the respect every person deserves, we will listen, share ideas, successes and failures as a team. If a time will come when they want to move on, I want their experience with us to have been so good that they will have difficulty in making that decision. I want them to always remember their time with us as one of the most happy and satisfying career opportunities they ever had.
I hope anyone reading this has a happy, safe and amazing 2018. No matter who you are, where you are in life or what you’re doing. Make 2018 yours and pursue your dreams without settling. Be your best and do your best because we only get one shot at life and living it in a box isn’t what life is about. And no matter what happens, don’t let anyone bring you down. You set the standard and tone to your year. Go forth and conquer!