Taking a step back to go foward

When I was working on my English degree, I had a tug-of-war about what to do with my life. I knew I wanted to write. But had yet to figure out what to write about.

I got grief from everyone around me. “You’ll be a starving artist,” or, “So, you want to be a teacher?” I knew I wanted to write fiction just as a hobby. I didn’t specifically want to be a teacher, at the time. So, I began to doubt myself and changed majors. Continue reading “Taking a step back to go foward”

Paying your dues to the business world

Starting a career doesn’t happen over night. It takes time, persistence and patience. In the long-run it’s worth it.

There is nothing wrong with any job you work at. No matter how low or high on the business ladder and everyone in-between are needed to make the world go ’round. It takes starting at the bottom to learn and work your way to the top.

Today I was thinking about how lucky I am to have a part-time job, although not particularly fond of it. But customers are who get me through the day. To see their smiling familiar faces each morning is enough to enjoy my temporary job.

The sweat and nonsense that goes with the job are the dues you pay to society. I believe this prepares us for a career – learning to work hard and build a tough skin.

During the past couple weeks, I have begun to Network again. The hard work part-time is totaly worth it because this week, I got two leads for writing projects.

So the next time you catch yourself complaining about your job, tough it out while you work on doing something about it on the side.

Tenacity’s Tendencies

There is a difference between looking for a job and finding opportunity.

To look for a job is putting applications out everywhere. To find an opportunity takes persistence – you have to know where to look and know it’s there to grab it. Then, you must make it happen.

I had found a local Freelance Copywriter online and began e-mailing him for advice on where to start looking for projects, since he’s a native. We e-mailed for a few days and I started to learn more than I had hoped.

Yesterday, I was checking out his website to get ideas for my FAQ page on my website. He had 3 pages of FAQ’s and I happen to read them all this time, and I’m glad I did. On the last page, I saw he was looking for an intern. Since we had been in touch already, I’d let him know I was up to the challenge, just to see what he says.

This morning I checked my e-mail, hoping for a reply. It was a great morning at that. He will let me take on some projects, get an ‘inside look’ at how he accomplishes projects and invited me to attend a couple lectures that are coming up. Although it’s not a paying internship, which was expected, but the rewards are even better. I get to build my portfolio, work at home most the time and receive a review plastered on Linkedin.com! What a great early birthday present.

A friend calls me tenacious – she’s not kidding either. It’s amazing what can be accomplished if you go out and look. If I can do it, so can you! Take that drive inside you and let it steer you in the right direction. You never know what can happen.

Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

Calvin Coolidge (1872 – 1933)