I found an old tote bag in the back of my closet, seemingly full of junk, the contents of which dated back to roughly 1999.
At the bottom of that bag was a book. The title now escapes me, but the theme was familiar.
It was something like . . .
“How to Be Happy at Work”
“What to Do When You’re Miserable on the Job”
“How to Deal with Horrible Bosses”
As I pulled that book out of the bag, I began to wonder how many other books I owned that shared the same theme. Sure enough, when I went over to my bookshelf, there were literally dozens of books that fell into the category of “How to Cope When You Hate Your Job.” One of them I’d just bought the week before.
As I stood there, the dots began to connect in my mind, and a gruesome realization became manifest.
I was staring at the evidence of the fact that for over ten years, I’d been in a job that I despised.
A DECADE OF MY LIFE.
IN TOTAL, ABJECT MISERY.
It was a realization that, to be candid, made me nauseous.
And it was that day that my life began to change forever, because it was the day when I realized that I simply could not continue on the same path.
Too much time was passing, and too fast.
My life was too valuable.
My dreams were too big.
My ache for work that was meaningful and satisfying and happy was overwhelming.
And suddenly, I wasn’t willing to suffer any more with a job or a career that was less than everything I wanted.
It wasn’t long after that moment that I hired my first coach.
And it wasn’t long after that that everything began to change.
I opted in to a layoff.
I started my own business.
That business began to grow exponentially.
I began to serve thousands of people worldwide.
And in the process, I found joy, happiness and career satisfaction that I could never have previously imagined.
Yes, it required me to be braver than I’d ever been before.
And it was SO worth it.
Which brings me to today’s question:
If you could have everything you wanted, how would that feel?
If you could wake up every day and go to a job where you loved your work, loved your colleagues, loved your career path and KNEW that it was perfect for you, what kind of a difference would that make in your life?
How long do you intend to wait to feel like that?
How long is long enough?
A week from today, I’m opening early bird sales on an online course that has taken the better part of the last four months of my life to create.
It is designed to get YOU into a job you love, and it contains EVERYTHING I know about how to land your perfect job in the new economy.
It’s called the Ultimate Job Seeker’s Toolkit, and you can learn more about it here.
It is the most ambitious endeavor I’ve ever undertaken, and it has been a boatload of hard work.
And every single moment of it has been worth it, because it is going to help people like me– people like YOU– to stop suffering on the job and find work that they love.
So today, I want to ask you to consider the following.
Maybe one more day, one more month, one more year, is TOO LONG.
Maybe the price of staying in a job you hate is TOO HIGH.
Maybe it’s time for you to decide that you’ve had enough.
Maybe NOW IS YOUR TIME.
The Ultimate Job Seeker’s Toolkit launches April 2nd. I’d love for you to join me in this jam-packed online course about how to find a job you love.
But even if you don’t, know this:
You are here for a reason.
You deserve to be happy.
Your career is yours for the making.
You don’t need to waste another day, month or year on a career or a job that fails to give you what you want.
And I’m hoping that when a fork in the road presents itself, as it did for me– and it will– that you choose joy, you choose bravery, you choose HOPE.
That you choose to believe that everything you want is not only possible, but waiting for you.
Because I’m here to tell you that it is.
Can you hear the life you are meant to be living calling your name?
Wishing you a wild, wonderful, and joyous week.
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