I have to admit something to all of you, right now. I am ogling Oz, coveting the good witch’s advice, yearning for a yellow brick road that will lead me somewhere definitively. You see, a little over a year ago I left my emotional yellow brick road to take the road less traveled to this new place everybody seems to be yelling about called self-fulfillment. Unfortunately, I forgot that the road less traveled is sometimes less traveled for a reason.
I remember those days when I woke up and went to my job, whether it was in a corporation or my own office. Now we can’t just wake up and go to work, we have to “Crush It,” learn to have a four hour workweek, become a bodacious business owner, pour our hearts into it, and be guerilla salespeople. Maybe it’s because I just spent a week at the beach where my biggest concern was what time I should sit in my chair and soak up the sun, but aren’t we getting a little loud? I’m just saying, are we a little too juiced up on Red Bull and Mountain Dew?
I’ve spent the past two years pinging around topics like one of those silver balls in a pinball machine. I’ve been a small business owner and sales consultant for eleven years, when suddenly I thought “Is this my passion? Do I pour my heart into this? Maybe I’m more about client experience. Or maybe it’s all about change. Or maybe I give it all up and become a writer. Or a comedian.” Many of you have witnessed the pinging, and probably wanted to say “who the hell are you, lady?”
Being attention deficit already (self-diagnosed), all of these passionate books and great ideas have propelled me into a no man’s land where I seem to be standing without any sense of direction. Yes, I had tremendous success as a sales consultant. Yes, I really do have a passion for change. Yes, I do love the concept of client experience.
So, what do I CRUSH, pour my heart into, jump up and down about every single morning? I don’t know – and I think many of us that are not hyped up on Red Bull feel a little like we’re out of the loop and pathetically lackadaisical. So I’m throwing down the gauntlet and asking those of you that jump up and down every day in total celebration of your daily passion:
I’m not trying to be cynical, but I have to realize that I have had eleven extremely successful years in business until a year ago when I jumped on my path to self-awareness. Maybe people without great focus shouldn’t take their eyes off their path. Maybe we should be satisfied that we’re aware of what’s directly ahead of us and avoid delving into the depths of our soul, less we get lost on the way down and forget to resurface.
I am all about change, unless it seems directionless. Right now I’m a little like the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz, pointing both directions and feeling that both directions are absolutely correct. I just need to know, in this world of Social Media and being gurus and experts and wine guys . . . does anybody else feel even a little bit lost? Or is it just me? And, by the way, if you’re handing out certificates in Oz, let me know which one is mine so I can quit going so many different directions.
Now for a little Red Bull . . .