Life is a maze, and we all are running in it, trying to figure out our way to reach that much sought after destination, Happiness. At every step, we have to choose, we have to decide, discard and adopt. 7 years ago, my life was caught in a cycle of schedules, increments, time frame and meetings. I was working hard to create a position for myself in the corporate world. Suddenly circumstances changed and I had to choose between my daughter’s needs and my corporate success. Quitting something that one has worked hard for is not easy and this abrupt change did cause identity crisis and helplessness to some extent.
And not the kinds to give up, I continued to think. One weekend, while the family was having breakfast, we got talking about my future scope and post that talk, I realized a few things:
- Quitting a job did not mean I was quitting my skill set.
- Starting a HR consultancy actually meant the ideal balance between my professional and personal responsibilities.
- Keeping my goals practical and taking “a step at a time” would minimize my stress level and maximize my self-utilization.
- I had to unlearn being a worker and learn to be an entrepreneur.
- I would keep the overhead as small as possible. This would again help me to reduce stress and sustain for a longer period.
- Quality work is the best advertisement and I shall treat each job as if it is my first assignment.
I became marketing, finance, PR and core team all rolled into one, and started my second innings. After sending my daughter off to her school, I would spend the whole day mailing proposals and calling up my old contacts to put a word about my company and asking them for further references. Initially, nothing happened, there were no results to show for my efforts, and at times I wanted to quit but I held on because deep within myself, I had complete trust in my abilities. Then, one day, I got my first client. It was a very small assignment, much smaller than any I have handled in my junior-trainee days, but it was a start never the less. Closing that first requirement, gave me a satisfaction, I have never experienced in my 12 years of corporate life, and this was the warmth of achieving something for me entirely. I am a true believer that no matter what, I shall not compromise with the quality of my work, and this always pays off. The first client gave me a referral and thus the ball got rolling. The word is spreading, and though traces of recession are still there in my field, the optimistic me just refuses to give up.
Starting something of my own also had an extra benefit. During my corporate days, I did not have any “me time”, I never realized I had some skills which were lying dormant. Now, between following up leads for my own business, I had ample amount of free time, and hence I started scribbling my thoughts across social networks. I expressed what I observe and what I feel in a simple day to day language. I loved writing and to my surprise, people started appreciating what I wrote Gradually the confidence built up and so did the length of my writings. Social networking got me connected with relevant people and in a couple of years; I was writing full-length stories. Soon those stories got broadcasted over radio.
Today when I talk to myself, I understand more than ever before that “Everyone has some talent; WE just need to give it a chance.”
Materialistically perhaps I may not be in the top bracket, but emotionally I am, because the traveler in me is happy with the roads taken. The transition of a Corporate Professional into a Entrepreneur and then into a Writer has been a beautiful experience . If given a chance to relive my life, I would live it in exactly same way.
I took the road less traveled and I am proud of it.