Do you love your job? I mean, you LOVE it SO much that you look forward to waking up every.single.morning. I bet very few of us can say “Yes” to that question!
Here I was, a thirty-something year old, married with children, and up to my eyeballs in debt with school loans from my RN degree and graduate school. You’d think that by having this Bachelors Degree and a fancy schmancy MSN I would consider myself successful. Well, THINK again!
This was not my definition of success. It was my parents’ dream for me. I was burned out with no semblance of a balanced life. I was always taking care of others – my patients, my friends, my family – and putting myself last on the list. Why wasn’t I grateful for a great paying job, good health, beautiful children, and a wonderful husband? I felt so unfulfilled – like life should have more meaning or purpose, and I tried to find that passion for helping others in my hospital nursing job. It just wasn’t there. Work just became a means for me to live and survive. There had to be more and I searched for it high and low.
One day, I heard through a friend about a part time project, an opportunity to be able to be my own boss. There was no thinking about it. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, and I had no previous business background. I mean, I emptied foleys and bedpans, hung IVs and processed blood, configured items on a screen and built EHR pop ups. What the heck made me think I could ever do this? But this feeling I felt it deep in my heart kept telling me that that I had to give it a chance.
Fast forward two years…Oh man, oh man – I am one happy lady today! I love the people I work with, both the founders and the men and women who also have this same passion to continue to help others. Life and work is so much better when not only you love what you do, but you are appreciated by so many people, spoiled rotten and feel like you still have more to give to your family, friends and colleagues. If you ask me today whether or not I think I am successful, I would respond with a “Hell YES!” It took me a while to feel this way. Sometimes you think you know what you are looking for, but it ends being something completely off your radar.
Now when I have “business meetings”, it means I am getting together with my friends who are also my business partners, to strategize and plan the growth of our virtual empire with wine and cheese or over happy hour at our favorite cafe. We want to make a significant income that allows us to make money in our sleep. We are not greedy, but we see that money is a resource and a tool to get things we wanted. We do not believe that having a lot of money is negative or bad. It is good because we do good with it. It is awesome because we choose to make a difference in our lives and the lives of others. We love it because it is a tool to provide us with new experiences to create memories and be in gratitude for our blessings.
Be open to new opportunities or new positions where you can apply your expert skills. Find your passion – it’s out there, and it’s worth it. For those of you who have found your love and passion, what’s your success story?