I have spent the last decade of my life in the hard-working world of Retail Management. For ANYONE who has ever worked in the Retail Industry, you know how hard it is! We sacrifice our holidays with our family for the greater good of the corporation. We stay late to close the store, cleaning up the messes that our customers left for us. We have inconsistent schedules, surrendering our lives to accommodate the needs of the business. We tell ourselves that we work hard because we are goal oriented people, with the goal of that next promotion. We are such giving people, that ultimately, we give so much of ourselves that we lose ourselves.
I had a Regional Manager who was branching at my store one day in the Spring of 2012. She had been with our company for 20+ years, with an extensive background of experience in different divisions & held numerous titles. Needless to say, I was in the presence of an “expert.” We went out for lunch, which was nice because it gave us a chance to just be ourselves and not talk “business.”
I asked her about her history with the company; where she had been, what she had learned, and what she considered to be some of the most valuable lessons she had learn along the way. What a great insight into the possibilities for my future career path!
Then I asked her about her personal life. “Do you have any kids?” “Were you ever married?” “Do you have a dog?”
the pivotal moment
I learned that she did not have any kids; she was not married; and she was never home enough to keep her dog around.
I realize that the “marriage and children” thing isn’t for everyone (yea yea, bring on your hate comments). But in this moment, I realized that she was pretty much married to her job. Which is cool for some people. Was it for me?
Over the next week, I did some serious soul-searching. Was I really as career oriented as I had thought? Did I even want kids and a family one day? Reflecting on the last 5 years, I was extremely career driven (even leaving my passion in the beauty industry for a faster track into management, winning Customer Service All Star, etc.). But the memories I enjoyed the most in the last 5 years weren’t those times at work…rather the times I spent laughing & playing with my two little baby cousins who were growing up so quickly.
When I realized this, I realized that there is so much more to life than just working. What is it all for when we don’t even get to enjoy what we love the most with the people we love the most? When we clock in, we are trading time for money. Have you ever asked yourself what is your time worth? The world is passing you by, and what are you doing?
Are you a zombie? Or are you filled with life?
2012-a year of pivotal change
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I have always been passionate about helping people, but now, I am finally living a purpose driven life!
What are you doing to live a purpose driven life? Or do you feel stuck in the rat race? Like a corporate zombie?
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