“Our destiny hinges on a mindset for bold action.”
2015, had only just begun, and yet, I already felt like I needed something more, in my life. I hated my job. My supervisor, made my life, very difficult. He was an expert in using scare tactics, to keep me, constantly in fear. Every night, I would say a prayer before I walked into the workplace, hoping that tonight wouldn’t be worst than the night before. During my shift, I would purposely stay out of his way, to avoid having any unnecessary confrontation with him. He would schedule me to work, almost every weekend, deny most of my vacation request, and if for some reason, he accepted it, he would make me pay for it, when I returned. When I requested to go on my annual vacation to Trinidad, for carnival, and was denied, I knew that I could no longer allow my life to be controlled by an insecure and mentally and physically, abusive man. Without a back up plan and barely a cent in my banking account, I put in my 2 weeks noticed, and finally decided to take control, of my life.
A month after leaving my job, I had all the time to concentrate on my business. Brass & Sassy doesn’t bring in a steady income, but what it does bring is fulfillment, purpose and most importantly, passion. I was so unhappy with the direction, in which my life choices were leading me, that I moved into radical action. “But a certain degree of insanity and recklessness is necessary to advance or innovate anything, to make any new remarkable or meaningful contributions.” Now while I don’t recommend everyone, in my position, to quit a job without some financial backing and employment, in the waiting, I will say that it takes desperation and a willingness to succeed, by any means necessary. When I quit my job, I knew that I would invest my life into making my business a success. Along the way, I have made major moves, and also mistakes. I’ve ventured onto other endeavors, while still maintaining the hunger to succeed. Am I financially, better off, then I was, prior to me leaving my job, no, but what I am is truly happy and in control of my life and the decisions, that I make.
Some of the greatest people of our time, didn’t get to where they are, now, but following the rules. By playing it safe and smart. Many had to starve, sleep in their car, sell their personal belongings to pay the rent, all for the sake of pursuing their passion. Could I have stuck it out and allowed myself to deal with my work environment and think of the positive aspects, that I encountered, while being there? Yes, but I didn’t want to. I already wasted valuable years, persuading myself, that things will get better. When I knew that I couldn’t wait, till it did, I took whatever, inner strength, I had within me, and moved into radical action. I heard the naysayers, who tried to fill my head with doubt and fear, but being the person that I am, I allowed myself to make my own choices. I still stand behind my choice, though there are days when I have no money and my account is overdrawn. There are days when I have to borrow money from my parents and my daughters father. There are days when I can’t afford to go out with my friends. It’s the risk you take, to pursue your passion. I’ve become patient, with the process of it all. I’m not intimidated, by my bank account, or the fact that I have to budget my life. I know that the day will come, when the hard work, will eventually pay off and the sacrifice, will be worth the pain.