Life’s funny, isn’t it? So many opportunities to do something great. So many stumbling blocks to derail you.
You make plans and stick to them like gospel….
But things hardly work out the way you plan. Ask me how I know.
Since you asked, let me tell you.
Back to corporate America
I’m scheduled for a second interview for a web developer position in two days. The national average salary for such a position in the US is about $70,000.
Living in San Diego, that number gets bumped up to about $90,000 – $100,000. That’s a damn good income for not having graduated college and being only 28.
I’m not happy about it.
Like many of you, I know deep within my being that I was not brought into existence to sit behind a desk five days a week from 8-5; I am not meant to be a faceless, nameless cog in someone else’s machine.
But here I am, pandering to the gatekeepers of corporate America. Coming back to the industry I swore off of only six short months ago, with my tail between my legs.
Speed bumps, not failure
The fact of the matter is I’m responsible for the well-being of both myself and my son and I was unable to produce enough income as an entrepreneur to maintain those responsibilities.
I’m an optimistic person, so I latched on to the “I can do anything” attitude like a pit bull.
Where I went wrong was not properly framing the statement. I’m still confident I can do anything, but I’ve realized “anything” may take more time than I’d like.
As the ubiquitous Gary V says: “Everything takes longer than you think.”
Having to take a step backwards to get my “right now” in better shape isn’t failure, as I was treating the idea for the last two months.
It’s a speed bump.
And it’s going to set the foundation for me to do great things as an entrepreneur in the future. I’ve just got to be patient.
Why you should care
I realize this post is very me oriented. And I’m sorry about that. I’m working on my writing skills, so bear with me.
It’s just that I’m sure I’m not the only one dreaming of a life of freedom that’s had to take some disheartening steps backward on their journey.
I want you to know you’re not alone and to be encouraged.
We all know it’s worth the fight. When we finally succeed, it’ll be so much sweeter.
I’d absolutely love to connect with you on a personal level, to find out what you’re struggling with, what successes you’ve had, and what your goals are.
Share your name and email with me below so we can talk.