Since I was 17, fifteen years ago, I have been in and out of many jobs and had found myself to be miserable. The only job I had in those fifteen years that gave me any joy or sense of purpose was at the Budweiser distributor. Sure, for the first few months, the few friends I had called me “The Bud Man,” which I found was the nickname any of us that worked there got and it was awesome. I felt like I was important and had a job that everyone else wanted. After the first few months, with growing responsibilities and the desire to really apply myself to move up in the ranks of the company, I stopped caring so much about the vanity of the job and more about taking life more seriously.
But because that job only lasted about a year and a half, new jobs came and went over the next few years. Not that I’m keeping count, but I think I’ve had about twelve or thirteen jobs in those fifteen years. Not very encouraging, especially when I see more over time that my friends are getting jobs and I see notifications on LinkedIn, saying “Congratulate so-and-so on 3, 4, 5+ or 10+ years at ABC company.”
Even though I’m not at a point in my journey as an entrepreneur where I’ve found true success, I’ve been going at it for 3+ years, trying to carve my niche in the world. For the longest time, I had this notion that I was never going to be successful as an entrepreneur unless I had a lot of money in the bank, enough so that I could afford to get the best computer or spend tons on marketing and other things like that. After I realized that having an investor with a blank check or lots of tools and equipment wasn’t the answer to ultimate success, I began to start putting my efforts into just working hard and putting my whole heart into the project(s) I am working on.
As I shared with you in my post a couple of weeks ago, “31. It’s Our Time,” I’m taking a new journey into the world of podcasting. What you have to understand is that, being the introvert that I am, someone who would rather get a tooth pulled without novocaine than to speak up in a crowd and bring the attention onto myself, I am stepping into uncharted territory and taking a huge leap of faith into the unknown. As far as my Entrejourney is concerned, this podcast could be the big step towards success that I’ve been needing to get myself to a place where I can finally become successful. While it’s laughable to think about showing you the actual dollar amount of money that I’ve made over the past three years, I’ve made enough to help contribute to our family’s well-being doing contract IT support jobs. I’ve struggled with this Entrejourney site because this was always more of a “hobby” than a “hey, I’m going to do this and make a lot of money from advertising and all…”
Because of the fact that I’m sharing so transparently with you and writing a book with so much more candidness, I genuinely feel like God has still called me to continue with this and I would love to get myself to a place where I’m speaking at events (schools, churches, etc) and making money that way, in addition to selling books. My true passion, as it relates to doing real work that I love more than anything, is like I mentioned above, in the IT Support field. So many people I meet seem to hear that I’m really good with technology and it amazes me that there are so many people out there that want to learn how to become better at understanding how certain devices work.
As you’ve read through this, I’m sure it sounds an awful lot like I’m spread thin in several areas, but I’ve boiled it down to technology and helping people who are struggling to get through tough times. These are the two key things for me that I feel God has molded me for. None of us are wired the same, and so when we each tap into our gifts and push forward with all of our might to live out our calling in life, we are stepping into uncharted territory and doing things in such a way that have rarely been done before. So with that said, I am going to be following the unconventional path of doing everything that God has called me to do, to the best of my ability.
I want to create lasting value for those of you who read this, or will be following along and listening to my new podcast, and in order to do so, I would love to get your feedback and hear directly from you what it is that I can share about my story that you feel would best help you in your specific situation. Ask questions in the comments section of this blog post, or any other post you see here, and I will be happy to answer any and all.
I don’t do this often, but I would love to leave you with a verse that has had a divine impact on my life over the past few years. It’s one that I’ve heard growing up, but has never really impacted me in such a powerful way as it has lately.
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”” ~Isaiah 6:8 NIV
Until next week, I hope you enjoyed this post and please feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think!