I started climbing the corporate ladder at the tender age of 16. I had my first real job working in the business office for a Ford dealership. I worked there part-time until I graduated high school. By the time I had turned 18 I was working at Ford on the weekends still, I had a full-time job at a beverage distribution company AND a full course load in college. I was serious and about my business, but after some time, I stopped being motivated to work my 9-5. By the time I was 20 my salary was neck and neck with most adults, but it still did not matter to me. I knew that I had a passion for other things and my 9-5’s no longer sufficed. I had this idea that I shouldn’t be working for someone else. I had big plans and dreams, and I hadn’t worked at all to put myself in the position that I dreamed of.
I would cry and complain a lot about how I was unhappy. I tried so hard to convince myself that I should be working in my field of choice and not for someone else. I contemplated quitting a lot of jobs without a real plan. Luckily I never made that terrible mistake. It’s one thing to consider quitting your job because there are other things you dream to pursue and it’s a whole other ball game to check out and completely abandon the process of real life. It wasn’t until complaining to my step dad that I got a real reality check. He told me:
“Don’t be ungrateful. We all have dreams and goals but do not be blind to what you’re being taught while working for others. It takes many jobs where you’ll be unhappy to get to where you actually want to be. Make sure you’re focused on what you’re gaining from the opportunities you’re presented with instead of complaining about why you aren’t where you want to be, YET.”
I took to heart what he had said, and it actually made sense. From that day forward I learned to embrace my small beginnings. It did not mean that where I started is where I’d finish. I also needed to focus on what I was gaining instead of complaining so much. Now I am working for a company that I absolutely love, and it does not hold me back from pursuing my dreams on the side. 4 reasons why having a 9-5 as a creative is beneficial for you?
You Learn Skills You Probably Would Never Be Able to Teach You
There are just far too many skills I’ve picked up from my day-to-day job that I’d never be able to learn on my own. I know that when it comes time to run my own business I can operate a multi-line phone system, I have accounting skills, and I know the basics of office management and so much more. Sometimes picking up skills elsewhere can be far more beneficial to you than dealing with the stress of having to learn them on your own.
Networking and Connections
I slept on the fact that I meet some amazing people who not only offer me incredible opportunities, but they link me with other amazing individuals who provide me the same. I was amazed at how genuinely interested most were when they learned I am an author and blogger. Sharing your dreams with others and building those connections is more beneficial than you could imagine. You never know what opportunities could arise. Some of my greatest opportunities have come from me chatting it up with others at work and them saying, “I know someone you should meet.” Find ways to actually use your job as a way to network, market yourself and make connections.
Be sure that what you’re carrying along are useful skills, a strong work ethic and healthy mindset that is beneficial to what you seek to achieve in the future and not harmful to you.
You Learn How To Deal With All Types of People
I’ve dealt with the good, the bad and the uglier working a 9-5. In most of my jobs, I am the young woman who’s ambitious outside of her everyday job. I’ve worked with older women who’ve hated me for no apparent reason. And I’ve worked with people who’ve taken me under their wings and taught me everything that I needed to know. In the corporate world sometimes you’ll encounter not such generous individuals. It’s been my greatest asset learning how to deal with these types in a professional way opposed to dealing with them how I would on the street. You’ll deal with bosses who could give two shits about you. And then you’ll work for a boss who wants nothing more to see you excel in life and succeed. Learning how to handle me in these situations has been entirely beneficial to me. Not only have I learned what type of boss I never want to be, but I’ve also discovered to be the model employee even if it means working with petty people with shitty attitudes. When you learn how to handle individuals in the workplace, you carry that skill set outside of the workplace, and it’s forever embedded in you.
You Become More Driven
The more I work my day job, the more driven I become to step out on my own. Believe it or not, it’s really helped develop my work ethic and how to be attentive in the areas that need attention. A day job is career advancement and self-development. I go hard in Monday-Friday, but because I am so persistent in doing a great job at the workplace it gives me the drive to come home and knock out a full week of the blog post and a chapter for my next book. My drive at work fuels my drive at home. My desire to be amazing at work contributes to me be being a kick-ass author and blogger.
Be Inspired. Be Encouraged. Be Blessed.