This week I returned from maternity leave and I’m really excited to be back. Not because I don’t like being a Mum or spending time with my girls, but because I genuinely love what I do and enjoy my work. Because of those sentiments many have said I’m lucky. I get to work the hours I want, with the clients I like, and I’m carving out a lifestyle that I really love. But I strongly dispute that I’m lucky – I’m not. Here’s why…
I used to work in investment banking. I regularly got home ridiculously late from work, had no work/life balance (whatever that actually is) and categorised myself as ‘stressed’ pretty much all of the time. Importantly, I chose that lifestyle. I did it for years, I earned good money and I actually loved a lot about what I was doing at that point in my life, but there were some obvious downsides too.
Then things shifted and I realised I wanted something new. The work-hard/play-hard lifestyle wasn’t as appealing anymore, and I had lost the passion and excitement I once had for my job and the environment I worked in.
So I made some major life changes which were pretty drastic, but that served me well.
Fast forward a few years and I had moved to Australia, was studying to become a Coach and was in the midst of starting my own business. I say all of that in one quick sentence, but the reality involved a lot of hard work, sacrifice and financial investment.
The outcome now is that I’m my own boss, work my own hours and choose my clients. That’s taken 6 years of hard work to get to that point, not to mention a fair few sleepless nights when I didn’t know where my next pay packet was coming from.
Throw into the mix getting married, going through 3 pregnancies, having 2 beautiful daughters and buying a house, it’s been an eventful journey that hasn’t been without it’s stresses.
But the point of sharing my story with you is that I CHOSE to do all of this. I worked hard for it. I endured the sleepless nights. I kept going when I wasn’t sure how things were going to turn out and I had faith in myself when many thought I was taking too much risk or had gone plain crazy.
I’m not lucky, this didn’t just happen to me, I engineered it. I knew what I wanted, just like I still do now, and I work my butt off to get it. That’s not luck. Someone didn’t just hand it all to me, and it wasn’t without sacrifice.
So if you’re sitting there reading this post, thinking that someone you know is lucky to have a career or life they love, stop. Think about what they’ve gone through to achieve their goals and dreams, ask them what they did to get to where they are today, and create the same passion and drive in yourself.
When you know what you want, you’re willing to work hard for it and you’re committed to YOU and your career, then you’ll have the job and lifestyle you really want. Relying on luck is like waiting to win the lottery – chances are it won’t happen.
Are you ready to start creating a career you love? Contact me today for a complimentary consultation to find out how I did and how you can too.
Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting
Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success.
You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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