There are billions of people in the world and we are all vying for our spot in purpose and in our respective lanes. We are looking to live meaningful lives and to do work that may actually impact someone other than ourselves. We want people to get it. We want people to know that we are valuable. We expect it. But the bottom line here is just because we are valuable doesn’t mean that people will always see it. Especially when it comes to our crafts and creativity, sometimes you have to know what makes your value attractive and be able to execute in a way that makes it a no-brainer to others.
"Are you still making those YouTube videos?" I almost spit out my tea watching videos of Issa Rae’s promo run for Insecure. She was making an appearance on The View and talked about that awkward moment meeting up with friends who really have no idea what you do. They all have gone on and got married, had kids, bought houses, blah, blah, blah and you’re still trying to get your dreams off the ground. I died because I literally have the same struggles trying to explain to people what it is that I actually do aside from my 9 to 5.
Okay, so you’ve attended how many webinars this year? And how many courses have your purchased? And how many Twitter chats have you followed? If you’re anything like me, probably a lot. I love to learn and I love information and I love to learn more about how to refine and grow my writing and my business. BUT … I know you knew it was coming, but, at the end of the day, no one is going to do the work for you.
We work. We work towards our dreams, our goals, our love lives, etc. We churn away at the things that we’ve decided that we want out of life. But if you’re anything like me, occasionally you look around at all you’re doing and think, “What the heck am I doing? Who do I think I am?” Maybe that doesn’t happen for you, but it happens for me all the time. I realize now that as much as I am driven and ambitious about the things that I want out of life, I am sometimes slowed down by wondering if I actually deserve it.
We are certainly not the generation that is looking for a job that we can work for the next 30 years and retire. Those days are pretty much over! Job security is almost non-existent as so many more companies will outsource work and quickly get rid of man power. We are now in an information economy and many people are putting on their big boy or girl pants and venturing into the world of entrepreneurship! But in that, I feel like the process of transitioning from 9 to 5 to full time entrepreneur is often over simplified, and I was ready for some real talk about it!
Recently I have seen so many people talk about the idea that we are exactly where we need to be. This idea that so often we are displeased with our positions in life but the fact that we are there for a reason. As much as I know it’s true it often annoys me at the same time when I want to progress. But I found a slight spin on it that makes me feel a little better about it. “Not only are we where we need to be, where we are is preparation for where we’re going.” With that said, in May of last year, my full-time job closed the physical office and decided that 9 of their 12 offices would now be mobile. So in 2014 I started working from my living room instead of a ritzy office in downtown Philadelphia.