Taking a risk for a better life
Have you ever done something that you know is a little bit risky knowing that the final outcome could be disastrous if things don’t work out but, if you can do it, the rewards will far outweigh the risk? It may have been something like getting on an airplane for the first time, crossing the street for the first time, jumping off the high dive or even skydiving. Maybe it was the risk of changing careers at an older than average age. Well I have done just that. I have taken a path that some say is too risky, ill-conceived and according to one person, “just plain stupid”.
I have spent most of the last four years working for a large insurance company as a “case manager” where I processed new applications and issued new policies. This was a “safe” job with little chance of going away. It was also a job with little chance to improve myself. Many have said “you take whatever job you can get and if there are benefits included, you better stay with that job no matter how boring it is or how much you hate it”. Well, I didn’t listen to them. I ended my employment with the company, on good terms, on March 30th and I am pursuing my goal of making my own business successful.
Some may say that you could have done both. They told me to “work the forty hours and whatever overtime was offered and work on your business on the side, and if your business doesn’t make it at least you have your regular job to fall back on”. For some, this may work out fine. Not for me. I have spent most of my life working “regular” jobs including part time retail, construction labor, journeyman bricklayer, law enforcement and insurance case manager. Most of these jobs paid the bills but always left me with the feeling that I could do more. Be more. I was taught that you are supposed to work a full time job, pay the bills; maybe if there is anything left over, save for retirement and, if things are really good, take a vacation once in a great while. This philosophy was taught to me by my parents. They grew up during and shortly after the great depression, survived WW2, and prospered during the good years that followed. I love my parents, but this philosophy isn’t working the way it did then.
So, after a lot of thought, internal struggle, and support from my wife, I made the decision to devote my time to my business and make it into something that I can be proud of. Now I could have chosen one of the get rich quick businesses you see on TV and in magazines. But I didn’t. I could have chosen to start my own construction company. But I didn’t. I chose instead a business that measures a major portion of its success by the number of people that have been helped. The business I have chosen is being an Independent Beachbody Coach. I have been a coach for some time now and mostly I just took advantage of the company discounts. But things change and I have changed. I am in the best shape and health of my life. I did it by working at it the same way you would have to work at your own business. I just never really took advantage of the opportunity that was there in front of me. I dabbled a little but I had a “safe” job so it really wasn’t something that I needed to do to get by. It was something that if it made a little extra money on the side, cool. If not that was okay too. Now I see that I was looking at my business as one of those things my parents would call a hobby. Not something that you would think of doing as a “real job”. Well this is a real job, a real business. What better business can a person have than one that measures success by the number of people that you have helped?
Is this going to be hard? Probably. Is this going to take a lot of effort? Yes. Am I going to have make changes in the way I use my time? Absolutely. Am I just a little bit scared about how things will work out? I would be foolish if I wasn’t. Is it going to be worth it? Without any doubt.
Another trait that my parents instilled in me was the desire to do good things for others whenever I could. Now I have a business where I can do good for others and in return, do good for my family and myself. What more could a person want in a job or business? This may all sound like just so much talk to some. To others it will touch a part of them that they have been suppressing because, like me, they have always been taught that you do your “real job”, get your pay and put up with it. For any of you that are ready to take that leap and take charge of your own business where helping others is not just a catch phrase but the way you help yourself, please send me a comment, email, or note. I would love to make a connection with you and help you to help others, while helping yourself.