Today was my last day at my full-time corporate job of 7 years so I have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. I've dreamt of this day since I was in college. I always hated the idea of working for someone but alas it's a necessary “evil” that most of us face. However after years of pouring blood, sweat and tears into my site Work At Home Careers.com I'm finally at a place where I could afford to leave the corporate life style behind.
Have you ever heard the expression; “If you can make it in New York then you can make it anywhere.” ? Well corporate life is very similar. And keep in mind that my job was based in the heart of New York City to give you some perspective of what I've had to “endure” for the last 7 years. I feel very fortunate that I was able to hold my own. I came in as an entry level Assistant Webmaster and retired an Internet Marketing Director which was a direct result of the experience I brought to my employer because of my own side business. Chances are I would've achieved more in my career if I hadn't been so hell bent on fighting “the man” my first few years. But I was so jaded by a system that I refused to understand that I stunted my own career path. Fortunately because of wonderful colleagues and great managers I was able to see the error in my ways and learned to balance playing the corporate game and furthering my business. So at the end of the day, I am happy with what I accomplished during my tenure but more importantly I value the skill sets I developed and the relationships I built.
But with that said there are things I am definitely happy to be leaving behind. So here's my “no more” list…
* No more scenic train rides from my suburban home here in White Plains, NY into the crowded and bright lights of New York City.
* No more having to deal with rude New Yorkers racing to the front of the train door and disrespecting my personal space.
* No more going to 1-2 hour meetings to discuss having more meetings.
* No more jumping through hoops and acting fake to get a raise or promotion.
* No more spending nearly $200 in commuting every month.
* No more waking up at UnGodly hours to catch the 7 something metro-north train into the city.
* No more worrying about getting blown up in the subway by some terrorist fanatic.
* And finally no more allowing someone else to control and determine the financial destiny of my family.
That last statement has always been a driving force for me. I don't knock corporate life or being an employee. What I have a problem with is the lack of control we as employees have with our destinies when giving so much of ourselves to a company. Sure you can “work hard” and play the politics to move up.
But at what cost? Is it worth spending so much time away from your family? Is it worth compromising your value system? Is it worth your emotional and physical well being? Well for me the answer was No and I'm happy I was able to create a different path where I'm finally in control of my destiny and whatever happens now is in my hands and not at the whim of a manager or a company. It's a freedom that is bitter sweet and I hope it's something that many of you reading this will experience sooner than I did.
But better late than never. The fact of the matter is I can now pursue a full time work at home career as a Professional Affiliate Marketer/Blogger and a SAHD (Stay At Home Dad). I think Martin Luther King said it best; “Free At Last, Free At Last, Thank God Almighty, We are Free At Last!”
So this year Thanksgiving takes on a whole new meaning for me and I'm more thankful than ever!