Do something, but be happy!
My son sent me this saying in an email this morning. Him and I talk all the time about our future, and dream of doing something together in life, in our own business. Ever since he was little it has been our dream.
Currently he works for the government. It's a great job for the health benefits and other things I guess, but he is very unhappy doing it. Yesterday evening we were discussing this and how there is no challenge in what he does. Oh sure, every once in a while there is an emergency situation that he is called upon to deal with, as he is the most competent to handle. Other than that it's the same old thing. Mostly input info and money stats. Not a very rewarding challenge for a guy like him.
About two years ago there was discussions with the owner of the company that I work for, about the opportunity to purchase the business in the near future. He is getting up in years and feels that I am the obvious solution to his retirement. At first I must say I was a little excited about this. A chance to finally own my own business. It felt like I had finally been given my chance in life that I had wished for. My son was obviously excited too because this would be something I would involve him in as well.
The challenge I have now...
The last 2 years here has given me the chance to really examine this situation of owning this business. All thing considered, it is not the company I want to own. I'll spare you all the reasons, data, etc. One of the biggest reason is that I just DO NOT enjoy this type of work. As I get older (and wiser I hope) I feel I need to do something that makes me happy. This place doesn't do that. My position here is extremely stressful, by the nature of this business and the people in it. Situations and people that I can't change.
When I decided that buying this business was not the opportunity I should be investing in is when I got serious about finding something else. I was surfing the internet that day. Typing in keywords to help me find my future. That's when I found Wealthy Affiliate. I had looked for something many times in the past. This one seemed exciting, however so had many other things I'd ran across before. So I did my homework. I could only find good things being said about this opportunity. With a little more digging, I decided to join.
For years I have never truly been happy working for someone else. I've always done a great job where ever I've been but never have I been satisfied. You may or may not recall in prior posts, I grew up being groomed to take over my Dads business when I was younger. I started working for him when I was 12 years old. That dream fell apart when I was 24 years. I believe finding WA has been the answer so needed for many years, and now it's a great relief for me. Even though I knew nothing about computers (still don't relatively) I am excited to take on this challenge. I knew I had to do something different if I was to change the course of my life. So, I am doing something I've never done.
Sure it's going to take some time and I accept that. I wasn't looking for a "get rich quick" scheme. Been there, done that. I was looking for the answer to a long asked question, "what can I do to create my future the way I want it. How can I work for myself"? I'm not looking to get rich. I'm looking to get free!
Thank goodness for the support here as I'm not sure I could learn all of this on my own and make it. I've got a long way to go to get there and that's ok. My journey has begun. I hope someday to be able to help others as much as I've been helped along the way.
I'm thankful for this opportunity and all the help to achieve it!