Yes – I am officially out of “Corporate America” on March 2nd, 2007.
This is still a bit surreal for me. I have been working for companies since I was… let’s see …15? My first job was selling Gatorade at a department store. It is a fond memory. As time went by, I worked for bigger and bigger companies. The biggest company I worked for had 55,000 employees; the smallest was around 3,000.
People at work were surprised, shocked, sad and curious when I told them I was leaving. “What in the world is she doing?” they wondered. “Giving up a six figure job to do what? Professional Speaking? Is she insane? Is she going to make any money? Does she know what she is doing?” I have to admit that I don’t really have a well prepared story to tell everyone at work yet. But who cares? This is my life. In the back of my mind, I wonder if everyone at work really knows what they are doing. Why are they working so hard? For who? For money? What are they trying to prove? Are they just trying for a promotion? Is it about their self esteem? I don’t mean to say that everyone should quit their jobs. I always applaud those who love what they are doing and pursue what they love. I want to be in control. I don’t want to be told what to do or how to spend my time. No one knows what the best is for me except me. And the most important point of all? I want to make a real difference. I want to truly make a difference in people’s lives and in my life. I want to make an impact. I want to make this world a better place.
Stewart told me a story recently about this guy that he met at a recent Chris Howard seminar. He was about 60 years old, had a Ph.D., was well educated and well dressed. He was telling Stewart about his father who passed away at age 95. How many people do you know who live to be 95? Actually my great grandma lived till she was 103. But this is a different story. This gentleman with a Ph.D. decided to ask his elderly father for guidance. He said to his father: “Dad, you must be full of a lot of experience and wisdom, living till 95! Can you share your wisdom with me?” His father replied, “Son, I worked hard all my life. And I have no idea why.” *sigh* This is sad, but true for too many.
We are breathing, living, working, waking up, eating and drinking every day. Why are YOU doing all these things? What is your purpose? Have you ever thought about the reasons? Why are you on this earth? This is really the question you need to solve more than just getting a paycheck or having a meeting at work or wanting to impress someone or getting a promotion. I was at Glide Memorial Church last week when Rev. Douglass Fitch said, “Life is a struggle, but we still got to live it.” So … What are you waiting for? Regardless of whether your life now is great, or sucks, or is sad, or is excellent, you’ve still got to live it. What are you waiting for? Do something. Think. Do something with a purpose. You can do better than just being a 9 to 5 working machine. I know you are better than that.
Leaving Corporate America is only my first step. What I am really getting into is building a true story of someone who is really in control. A story that I will make for myself. After all, you only live once. Either way you have to live life, so make the best out of it.
Cheers to that!
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