Success Tips: Exit Stage Right for a Greater Show
Hindsight is 20/20, but if you fail to remember the most important people in your past you may need glasses for your hindsight!
I'll never forget that pivotal moment that led me to where I am today. And even more importantly, I'll never forget that pivotal man and his advice that propelled me to choose courage over comfort!
It had been a long week, and I was stressed to the max. The pressure at work was overbearing, and I did not feel appreciated. I was good at my job and the top producer in our organization, yet it seemed the more I produced, the more I was expected to go further.
I decided to confide in my friend Don. He listened intently, asked great clarifying questions, and then made a bold statement: Sounds like you could do this on your own with greater financial return, less stress, and more margin to enjoy your life!
The words hit me like a ton of bricks. The burden began to lift at the mere thought of exiting stage right for a greater show.
I had never thought of starting my own business, but it made sense. It was not a small decision by any means, but Don helped me think through the details. We mapped out and then worked on the plan to prepare my first business launch.
A few weeks later, I prepared to hand in my notice. As I told the owner, my palms were sweaty, but I knew it was the right thing to do. I could build a positive culture in a way that was honorable to all parties. And the rest is history.
I've started a few businesses since then. It’s never easy, but it allows me to live in my purpose; utilizing my gifts, having the time to invest in key relationships, and having financial margin to sustain my healthy needs and wants. My path to purpose started with the timely advice of my good friend and mentor, Don.
On my worst days, I forget to recall all the great people who got me to where I am today. On my best days, I acknowledge them and learn from them. I learn that life is best done together. I learn that experiences in life encourage others when shared. I learn that listening, offering counsel, and walking alongside friends through the valley are the best ways to impact another.
I call the people who have propelled my journey, my silent giants. They have pushed me selfishly, not boastfully. They have been constants in my journey, and I could not have done it without them.
We all have silent giants in our career paths. Recognizing them and seeking to be a silent giant to others is catalytic in the journey to find true purpose. We are all in this together, and we are better together!
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