Pat, once again I thank you for the opportunity to spill my words and punctuation on your website. I apologize for what happened to your knee. I meant for it to be slightly bruised – not to be surgically replaced. Apparently, this Tanya Harding person I hired went a bit crazy. And they call figure skating the gentle sport!
I don’t use the word momentous very much in my journey through life; however, an upcoming event permits me to utilize the adjective. Come the end of January, I am going to leave my career in Information Technology after 12 years at the same company and a quarter century in the profession. To say it another way – I’m pushing open the marble door and escaping from my corporate tomb in order to focus on my writing and my publishing company, Wooden Pants Publishing.
At this point in the reading you’re probably wondering how I’ll support my family. First, I’m not going to be selling my children. Well, maybe the teenage daughters (Note to the Internet police: this is sarcasm. I am NOT selling my teenage daughters! Although, there are times …) There has been planning to what you call my alleged madness, and our finances are established.
At this point in the reading you’re probably wondering why I’m leaving the security of a regular paycheck and health benefits. Well, is any corporate job secure anymore? Over the last six months my company has marginalized the department I worked for, and this resulted in the loss of some excellent employees and a status shift to those who remained becoming objects instead of people. In addition, even though I’ve spent the last few years working from home, I’ve always known I wasn’t a cubicle jockey.
At this … you get the idea. Your wondering how I came to this decision. It may sound like spiritual mumbo-jumbo, but I listened to my soul instead of my ego. In Soul vs. Ego Smackdown, author Tracee Sioux describes how your soul provides the true direction for your life while your ego is the security guard or over-protective parent that tells you what you can’t do. I spent most of my decades on this Earth listening to my ego. This was especially true at the height of my depression. Boy, I wasn’t too happy about what it said!
At the end of 2015, I decided to start listening to my soul, and it provided me the guidance to finally take the reins off of my writing career and go full throttle. Am I scared? Actually, not really. Am I excited? Absolutely, especially when I see how the universe is now taking care of me and my family post-resignation letter.
The job world is changing, and now is one of the best times to depart your own corporate tomb. In fact, if you read The End of Jobs by Taylor Pearson, you’ll understand there’s a shift back toward the entrepreneurism which made the world what we live in today. All I can ask of you is find a quiet place, empty your mind, and listen to what your soul says. In the end, it may not be as scary as your ego thinks it is.