This week is the 30th anniversary of when I left my last job. I worked in the private banking office at Bank of America as an Account Executive and resigned to move from San Francisco to live in Tampa, Florida. The bigger move than the one across the US was from employee to entrepreneur. I knew it was going to be a stretch to be completely accountable for my results, no longer able to hide behind the security of a job, but I didn’t anticipate the exciting, challenging ride these past 30 years would be.
I haven’t regretted the decision to have my own business for a second. It has given me a level of freedom that I never had as an employee. While I’ve held a few positions that tapped into what I am well suited for, mostly I felt like I was a square peg trying to fit into a round hole. I knew I had something to offer, but I was always a little out of synch with what was required in my job. That left me questioning my value in the workplace. Luckily, I’m very resilient and can bounce back from almost any setback!
Creating my own company has enabled me to follow a path of discovery to understand more clearly what I do best, what I enjoy, and enlivens me. Step-by-step over the last three decades I have pursued that course. There were times when I veered way off track, but I’ve recognized that I have the ability to create my desired future and have used that as the compass to get back in line.
One of the greatest gifts I’ve realized in being the captain of my own ship is the ability to create something where others can pursue what they love. I’ve supported my team in their pursuit of contributing their best talents to the company by enabling them to explore their own self-expression. I’m not always perfect at this, but the path is true and powered by a clear intention.
These past thirty years of being unemployed have provided me with the most enjoyable work experiences imaginable. But at the top of the list of the gifts I’ve appreciated as an entrepreneur, is the freedom of self-expression, which has afforded me and those who surround me.