Thursday, 4 May 2017
5 Reasons Why I Left Corporate America to Take Control of My Life
Upon taking inventory of my life, I had checked all of the boxes. I went to college, bought a house, made great money at a notable company… but I was still unhappy. Every Monday was just a desperate race to the weekend and at the age of 35, I decided that I simply did not want to live like that any longer. So, instead of taking everyone’s advice to grin and bear it, I quit. Crazy as it seems, here’s why:
1. The sky was not the limit.
The glass ceiling is real and fitting in at work is directly correlated with how far up the ladder you go. I was good at what I did but it seemed that co-workers who were otherwise my equals had a clearer and less obstructed path to success. Was it because of their connections, educations, or backgrounds? Perhaps, and that’s alright, but I didn’t want my potential for success to be limited by factors outside of my control. Having met this conclusion, I knew I had to take charge of my professional destiny and take a leap of faith not only for myself but for my family.
2. I wanted to decide how much I made.
I made great money with my employer; enough that anyone else would likely be satisfied to continue doing the job. However, the work I was doing was generating an exponentially larger amount for the company than what I was being paid. The more I thought about it, the less I wanted someone to decide how much I was worth while reaping the benefits of my hard work and effort. It was time to take back the power and make that decision for myself because I know I'm worth so much more and my dreams deserve to come true.
3. I wanted financial security.
I don’t like to worry about money and I bet you don’t either. It’s possible to build a comfortable savings as a salaried employee but it’s so much more appealing to have control over my income potential and thus the amount of wealth I can build. If I ventured out on my own and ran my own business, I would have control over finances, the amount I was able to save, and the wealth I could ultimately accumulate as the compound effect could turn into a residual, which to me is more secure than wondering if I was going to see my next pay cheque from my employer. It was a no-brainer.
4. I wanted to manage my own time.
Corporate jobs tend to treat you like you’re at their mercy for x-amount of hours of the day. You ask them for time off for appointments, vacations, sick days, etc. because those are the established rules which, in any case, is fine. I believe in working hard and getting the job done right… and then carrying on with the rest of my day. Owning my own business allows me to finally own my time. It’s liberating and guilt free.
5. I deserved more from life.
When it comes to a job, I think everyone should find what works for them and do it whether that be in corporate America or otherwise. For me, I choose to work for myself, free of limits on my
financial security, time, income, and success. At my corporate job, I was never going to reach my full potential working for someone else. Today, I have the power and control to make the most of my days working towards my personal and professional goals and enjoying a job well done. To me, this is the most important and valuable thing I can do for myself and my family.
I bet on myself, and at first, it felt like it was a risky move, but it has given me more freedom, growth, and happiness than I could have imagined. Today, I am a distributor for iGalen, with the world’s first patented and all-natural carb manager as our flagship product and the lineup of what's to come made it even more exciting! Whether I’m helping my downline grow their individual businesses and become leaders, or spreading the message about the incredible health benefits of iGalen products, I find so much satisfaction every day to be living a life where I am able to live a life free of limitations both personally and professionally just by people helping people. Being effective in other's lives is so rewarding!