I’d love to hear your feedback and comments on this. Here’s the background info for those of you who may not have been hanging around for the last 8 months.
I graduated college in May. I had my full time job lined up before Thanksgiving 2007. This gave me the chance to coast through my final semester of college, enjoy my time, and get my work done instead of looking for a job. However, I think this also deterred me from going full force at my businesses and different opportunities, because I knew I was safe and had something lined up that was a sure bet to start on June 16th.
June 16th rolled around and I started my first day of my full time career after college and in “the real world”. I’ve been working since and enjoying it. Seriously, I like my job, love the company, love the people. But I’m bored. I don’t have a lot of interaction with people (I’m on the phone occasionally or meeting with program teams, but that’s it). Plus there is this annoying noise that comes from the vents when the heat turns on – almost sounds like a fire alarm going off. I will note that come the new year I will be switching departments. But anyway….
I’ve always been the type of person that did not want to have a full time job or work for anyone else. However, my situation changed in January. I proposed to my girlfriend of almost 4 years. All of the sudden, a lot more responsibility came around. I had to start worrying about her and us in the future, not just me. The full time job was that safety net – you know the deal – monthly paycheck, full benefits, vacation time, flexible work schedule, the whole 9 yards. So the net that the job offers of knowing that there won’t be issues paying rent, putting food on the table, and being prepared for what life throws at us is greater than a need to work for myself right now.
Yet, more and more lately, as I hear, read, listen to, and see people talk about hustling, breaking out, quiting the rat race, launching your own business, etc it gets that fire within me burning at full force again and makes me want to quit tomorrow. Yet I can’t. I’m not in a position to do so. The business is not in a position to support that. My goal when I started working full time was to be out within 3 years. I think I’m changing that to be out in August. It is a crazy goal to set. But that gives me literally 9 months to bust my ass, make moves, and do a shit ton of business. If that can happen, I can leave this full time job and grow the businesses to be completely successful and supportive. Like I said, I change departments and jobs after the first of the year, so this could all completely change and I may wind up staying the 3 years – you never know.
However, I will tell you that I will be out of here and supporting myself and my family through my businesses soon. It just depends on your definition of soon I suppose.
For now, I’ll continue to hustle as I can, grow as much as possible, and try to land the freaking plane as often as possible.
I’d love to hear comments, support, suggestions, thoughts, ideas, anything from you all, my loyal readers!