Getting the Job…Twice

Here’s a new guest blogger post. Other clients are getting jobs, I’m happy to report, so don’t give up. Take a break maybe, but don’t give up! Daisy

On February 26, 2009, my life hit rock bottom. I was laid off unexpectedly from my marketing job that I had held for 4 years. I just remember shaking and crying and thinking – oh no, now I have to actually do something with my life. How scary! See, for 4 years, I was showing up to the office, doing what was expected, doing it well, and going home when the clock struck 5:30 pm. There was no joy, no challenge, no passion. I was simply going through the motions.

I used my family as a convenient excuse for not putting myself out there. After all, if I work hard and take on more assignments, then I can’t leave on time and spend time with my family. What a joke! It’s only been through recent self-discovery and reading The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks that I discovered that I was sabotaging myself in order to keep things status quo – safe, familiar.

It wasn’t until I took a job WAY beneath my abilities (to pay the growing stack of bills) that I discovered that I was wasting my mind and my life. What if I were to play big and really put myself out there? What could possibly happen?

Well what happened is that I got offered the job of a lifetime. Just yesterday, I accepted a position as Regional Marketing Manager for a multi-billion dollar, worldwide organization. I have never had a job like this in my life. The benefits and perks are amazing. The challenge is going to be incredible. I am scared to death of August 24th (my start date) quickly approaching. I am going to have to step up like I never have before. That thought terrifies, yet exhilerates me at the same time.

Looking back, getting laid off was a true gift. It gave me the kick that I needed to take my life to the next level.