I’ll never forget the day, it was Thursday, January 9th, 2014. I woke up at 6 a.m., got my kids off to school, brewed a cup of java, and jumped online.
I was working as a Trainer/Account Manager for an IT Software company. My position was remote, so I had a short commute from my bedroom to my home office. 🙂
The company had gone through some changes in executive leadership but assured us (less than a month prior) that the business was doing great and business would assume as normal. But for some reason, I didn’t feel like everything was normal. It may have been because the sales team was turning over employees like water out of a faucet and key people in other departments were leaving the company too. In the meantime, my gut was not at ease; I felt extremely nervous.
That moment, my office phone rang, I knew it was my boss. We had a standing weekly meeting at 9:30am. I had all my reports ready with client updates and upsells I was able to achieve. Here’s how the conversation went:
Me: Hi Steve!
Boss: Good Morning Tameka (in a melancholy tone – which was not like him at all).
Boss: Thank you for meeting with me. Unfortunately, I have some not so good news. Please know that this has nothing to do with your work performance or you individually; however, your position has been eliminated effective immediately. I have the Director of Human Resources on the phone with me and she’s going to talk with you about your severance package, benefits, and final paycheck.
After that, my hearing was muffled. I couldn’t tell you what she said. At that moment, all I knew was I wasn’t being paranoid after all and that I had just gotten the pink slip. I’m not going to lie, I was devastated and relieved at the same time. Deep down, I knew I didn’t want to do this for the rest of my life, but I needed the income until my coaching business was ready to support me financially.
So, what did I do next? I took my business full time (I’ll tell you more about that in another post).
The truth about job security? There’s no such thing. Are you in a job that’s making you miserable? Or maybe you love what you do in your job but you don’t feel it’s secure and feel called to do what you love on your own platform (as in start your own business). I know from experience that it’s not easy to keep the momentum in your full time job while you’re constantly thinking about going off on your own.
In the meantime, here’s some tips to keep you focused,
Take care of yourself: Drink plenty of water, be mindful of what you’re eating and get plenty of rest. If you’re working a job you hate, you don’t need to be cranky on top of that!
Learn from the opportunity: Trust me. I know how tough it is to give your heart and soul to a career that’s sucking the life out of you. Believe me when I say, I know how you feel, but do take full advantage of the valuable skills you’re learning that can be used in your dream business.
Be present and present your best: I know it’s tempting but this isn’t the time slack off. After you leave your job, that company, former boss, or colleague may be potential clients. Fight the temptation by focusing on the positive. On your breaks and lunch hour, meditate on what’s to come (your dream business).
Have some “Me” time: Go pamper yourself with a mani/pedi, massage, or get together with your besties and have a girls night out. Having this time scheduled on a regular basis will give you something to look forward to. It will also boost your happiness and help you sustain your mood while you continue to work the job.
Prepare your finances: I love being an entrepreneur, but when I first launched my business I missed the steady paycheck. I had my savings but over time that started to dwindle. Start preparing your finances by saving as much as possible and paying off your debts. You’ll need the money to invest in your business, especially for the first 2 years.
This week’s assignment: Get a journal dedicated to your dream business. Take some time to reflect on what you really want for the business and ultimately your life. Now, write it down.
Now answer this question: How’s your current job helping you prepare for your dream business?
Until next time!
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