The corporate life just wasn’t for me. Having the chance to work from home as a corporate leader gave me the motivation, inspiration, and confidence I needed to branch off on my own and to develop my own consulting firm from home.
I knew that if I kept looking for a place to belong, I would never find it, because I don’t belong. It’s okay to be different, it’s okay to stand out, it’s okay to know what you want, and it’s okay to pursue it. I’m a living witness!
All of the experiences I’ve had from birth to now have led me to where I am today. I’m thankful for everything that has happened, even though in the moment I may have been upset, angry, fearful, or doubtful. I’m not telling you to go out and open your own business just because you don’t like your job or the people you work with. It’s more to it than that. The entrepreneurial life is not for everybody. There is a lot of sacrifice, patience, long days and long nights, tears, struggles, losses, focus, and endurance involved before you ever see a win.
Not everyone is built for that, and that’s okay. However, for those who feel a yearning in the deepest depths of their soul that you were made for something more, you have ideas constantly flowing out of you, and all you need is someone to tell you three words – JUST DO IT – this post is for you.
Life has a way of pointing you in the right direction and I believe you were pointed to this particular post today because you’ve been thinking about doing something big for way too long. Now it’s your chance to put some action behind your thoughts and plans. I’ve been there, done that, and I’m telling you it’s the most freeing feeling in the world! I don’t care if you’re financially stable, filthy rich or struggling to make ends meet, when you finally take steps to follow your dreams, you don’t ever want to go back to the way things were before.
I don’t care how broke my pockets say I am, I refuse to take another dead end job to make ends meet. Somebody I follow on Facebook once said, “As gifted as you are, you should never be broke.” That has become my personal motto and I believe with all my heart that my gifts will definitely make profitable room for me in this world.
How do I stay motivated when my pockets say I should go back to work? I invest in myself. I read inspirational books and blogs, I am in different mentorship programs with individuals who have been down the same road I’m on and are now super successful. I watch inspirational videos, I talk to my husband daily about our life plans, dreams and goals, I listen to inspirational music, I repeat affirmations, I do whatever I have to do to keep myself focused on becoming successful. If you do not invest in your personal development and stay focused on the things that matter to your dreams, you might as well throw in the towel now. The key to success or wealth is laser-sharp focus on one thing and one thing only – your dream.
My dream is to leave behind a rich (fulfilling) legacy for my children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and so on and so forth. My dream requires a lot of work and hardly any play, but if you take measures to be mindful of self-care, you will be okay, you will make it.
I’m at peace with the direction I’m headed because I know the seeds I lay down now, will reap a major harvest in the long run.
Yes, it’s intimidating, yes, half of the time I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing, but I keep going because I know beyond imposter syndrome, there’s a successful, Black talent management and HR consultant who runs her own firm, has an assistant take her calls, drives a Range Rover, lives happily ever after in a Tuscan-style home in Texas with her husband, future kids, and a dog or two.