Robbie Motter 2016-08-25 02:42:42
More and more individuals are giving up high-paying positions to start their own small businesses, seeking the opportunity to be their own bosses, have total control for their achievements, and have time for their families. Some say they are tired of long commutes, office politics and stressful and demanding deadlines, which leave not time for family-life and extra-curricular activities. For many, the ability to live a balanced life surpasses the quest for money. This really hit home for me, as before I decided to become an entrepreneur I was a Deputy Director for a very large Federal Agency in Crystal City, Virginia. Although I was well paid, my job was very demanding and I was supervising more than 400 people. In addition I did special projects for the Commissioner and also did the event planning for all the social gatherings. I was so stressed out that I often went home with pains in my chest and arm, and I had trouble sleeping. The additional responsibilities of being a single parent only added to my stress. I kept telling myself that the money and the benefits were too good to give up, but when I really looked at the situation, I knew that if I continued working that hard, I probably would not be around to collect the great retirement plan. One day, I had finally had enough and turned in my letter of resignation in and decided to become an entrepreneur doing marking, public relations and event planning, something I have been doing every since and over the years added writing for magazines and books and speaking and loving every minute of it, as now I was in control of what I wanted to do. Needless to say at first, being on my own was a pretty scary step. There were days that I wondered why I had made the decision, but I never gave up. Everyday I meet people with similar stories-individuals who were presidents of top corporations and one day decided to trade it in for a more balanced life. Reaching that decision can be very difficult, but more and more people are leaving corporate America and moving to small towns and doing something completely unrelated to what they had done in the past. A top New York Executive I knew for years when I worked in New York in a top position myself, who was making a very high salary with great built –in perks decided to leave the company and move to Maine to build furniture and enjoy his children, and is loving every minute of it. A dear friend of mine worked for a top government official in California and was responsible for contract negotiations on most items needed for the Air Force space program. When her Air Force base closed and she was offered a transfer, she decided it was time to make a change, She left the contract negotiation business and now provides corporate training, writes great articles and coaches other people on how to find balance in their lives. Many people like my friend had very little funding to start, but believed in themselves and their talents and ultimately achieved their goals. More and more companies and organizations are looking at offering their employees time management and life balance training. In fact I have been booked to speak for a large Conference in early 2017 on Time Management/ Life Balance Strategies. Are you one of those people staying in a job that you dislike because you are scared to take the step to see what else might be out there? Perhaps you can’t make the change because you cannot afford to lose your monthly salary. If that is true, why not start some planning so that before long, you can be in a position to make it happen? Making any change is scary, but if you can surround yourself with positive peopleso that when it gets scary you have someone to call to keep you motivated and uplifted-it will be easier. You can start the process by setting some goals and defining your vision for your small business. Get the training you need to run a business if you do not already have the experience. Look at your local colleges and see what courses they might offer, check with the Small Business Administration , talk to people that have businesses like you are interested in and learn from them some of the issues they had to overcome, people like sharing so remember the power is in the ASKING. Remember achieving a healthy work-life balance requires managing your professional and personal life in sustainable ways that keep your energy flowing, your mind and body healthy and your whole self happy and content. It means giving due attention to all the things that enrich and fulfill you including work and career, health and fitness, family and relationships, spirituality, community service, hobbies and passions, intellectual stimulation, rest and recreation.
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