Hi guys….yes…I mean what I said above. I don’t want a job. No, I’m not lazy…..welllll, I am sometimes, as is everyone at some point. No I know we all need to work human beings are built to work…” by the sweat of thy brow”…..so we gotta make the money to pay the bills to be able to do all the other things we want to.
What I’m talking about is the fact that we are all….or at least most of us here in Trinidad and I think the world…. we are brought up to go to school, do well maybe get more education then get a job while looking for the wife or husband then settle down and live until retirement then die. Noooooope…. that just wasn’t enough for me….there must be more to it than that.
I especially felt that there was more than just doing a job. I did…or started off doing what everyone else does in my country because thats what our parents did and their parents before them. I went to school, did ok, got my qualifications, got the job, met the man then had the kids and then settled down towards retirement…..ur nope…back up a bit.
I didn’t stay in the job until retirement. I always felt and knew there was more to it than that, plus I didn’ feel like I wasn’t reaching my full potential, so resigned. I know and believe that you don’t have to work for a company to be happy or to survive. I knew that wasn’t enough for me, so what did I do?
I resigned without knowing if there was a job available for me. But in doing this it forced me to scrutinize myself and list out what was my true ability. What am I great at? Know this, I set out to find another job but one where I was fulfilling me. I found it in a contract where I worked to my own time, made the money and then had half of the day to do anything else I wanted.
I, therefore, got involved in my hobby, which was interior decorating. So while I was a Program Coordinator for a company from 8 to 22noon with the rest of my day I got involved working with an interior decorator as her assistant and I started teaching myself online, photoshop. Why? Because one company we liaised with I noticed that their website was a mess, so I offered to update their site for them.
They agreed and I taught myself….by using Youtube…how to design a website…..and I think I did a pretty good job based on that period and they still have that website to this day. Plus, I also made some money, while at the same time working part-time with the interior decorator. I was having a ball!!!!
I was still using my business skills, doing my hobby and loving it and also using my creative skill to design websites. I eventually ended up offering to upgrade the website of the company I worked with part-time in addition to being their coordinator. God is good and life was great. Who could ask for more, this was the life!!!
The Interior Decorator asked me to come work with her full time after assisting her for a few months and I did. Again, a great decision, I had an even greater time. Working with joiner/carpenter and seeing furniture the clients chose to be transformed from mare pieces of wood to gorgeous, well-made pieces of furniture that you knew would last a lifetime.
In this job, I felt to some extent that I had a level of freedom, unlike the Bank job. I was again in my creative element, designing kitchens, living room layouts, etc. The best of times. I traveled to design and outfit a house in Curacao, it was heaven and gave me the taste to know that I needed to be doing a job that I love. I stayed on this job for 2.5 years but as with everything with small family companies, you can go only so far.
I knew it was time to move on and that was because I met the sister of a friend who told me about this business I’m in now, which is leadership coaching. I knew immediately that this is what I needed to be doing and also where God wanted me to be, so I said goodbye to my boss who I really loved and became an associate with my friend’s sister. I stayed with her for 2 years then moved out on my own because again I felt I wanted to own my own business, make my own decisions, go in my own direction, I wanted to soar and achieve my goals.
I opened my own business in 2004, set up my office, started my licensed leadership facilitator and that’s what I and my husband do still. I steered my kids to know that I don’t expect them to go the traditional route. It’s up to them to take their lives where they want to take their lives. The decision was theirs. I didn’t dictate what they should do or become because I feel I know what’s best for them because of any difficulties I or my parents may have encountered in their lives.
No! I’m there to support, guide and help them achieve their dreams. They don’t have to work for a company or someone else. They can have their own business, be an entrepreneur, innovator, business owner, and that’s exactly what all four of my kids did. They are all doing what they love and they all have their own businesses that they are working hard to grow. They know what they want and the direction they want to go. I am proud and pleased with my kids.
I don’t want a job, I want to work at something I love, that feeds me and feeds others. The corporate world has its issues, I see them every day but I love my role of going in to help not just the organization but the individuals themselves. I love people no matter what type of personality they may have, but I will call it as I see it.
If they aren’t performing as they should but its something they need help with, simply because they have to get organized, then I’m their person. Within organisations, I meet people with a lot of internal challenges that they are far too close to to see the situation and ask themselves the right questions to be able to solve their problems, that’s where I step in, and all with love and the call to get them back to wholeness.
So I don’t want a job, I want to do my own thing at my own pace, in my own way, to help others find their potential and find whatever they might be looking for or what they want to become. These are my thoughts on that whole job thing…..if you agree, let me know if you have a different view let me know. I’m interested to hear what you’ve got to say on the matter.
Later, luv you guys.