I just spent a week at Real Estate Bar Camp Orlando and the Florida Realtor’s State Convention in Orlando. No worries, I am not going to talk real estate because that’s not really what I do (now).
I have done a lot of things in my life and the one thing I know I would never do again is work for anyone else. That is a big NEVER! Even USA Today published an article about how many people are venturing out on their own, how they do not trust corporate America. Me, I just don’t want to be stifled ever again.
Stifled? Yes, stifled. I am a very creative person and my thoughts wander all the time (possibly ADD). I don’t do well in a stifled atmosphere whether it is work, marriage, or a friendship.
Yes I am “in” real estate but I don’t list or sell. I moved away from all that when I discovered how good I was at all things social media. In social media I am never stifled and I never cease to be amazed when I fill a room with people who come to hear me have a discussion. I don’t just talk, I discuss. I call on people, I sometimes put them on the spot, but I get response from these discussions and okay I get appointments which is where I make my money now.
I believe there is so much untapped talent to be something or someone else in our lifetimes and I also believe that when the stifled feeling is too much to bear, you will burst onto the scene and reinvent yourself.
For some people this is a terrorizing idea, being stifled is a comfort zone. I never cease to be amazed by people whom I know could be successful on their own but stay in a cubicle 8-5.
Look inside yourself, you are a talented person in an area that isn’t related to that cubicle. We all are – and I heartily encourage you to dip your toes in the water and try something new. You don’t have to leave your job – there are other hours in the day to get your feet entirely wet.
You may amaze yourself like I did when I signed up to present at Bar Camp last week on the 3 C’s of Facebook success. I walked into a full room of people, held a discussion and when our time was up it all ended to a round of applause. Applause is a signal of arrival – and in reply to someone who tried to stifle me last year I have a “real” job. *Applause*. I never cease to be amazed though. 😉