Five years ago, I got fired by the President…
(…of the small company I worked for in Orlando :-))
It’s a long story you can check out later if you want, but just know that it was not pretty. I left with no reference, and the people at the top actually tried to make things worse for me in some kind of sick vengeance game.
For the three weeks following, I was depressed. I felt like the world had its thumb on me and that external forces were impeding me from making progress. How would I ever recover from this mess, this humiliation? What if that was my last chance at success?
Somewhere around Year Two of the last five years, I figured out that my brain still had the ability to learn new things. I figured out that just because I’d finished college and gotten my degree didn’t mean I was done learning or adding skills.
I had also figured out that it was possible to create my own income, and I had already been proofreading on the side with a few clients… but I hadn’t figured out the full-on freelancing thing yet.
Until I did and, when I did, everything changed.
I’m not going to get into the mechanics of my proofreading business in this post — there are plenty of other posts on the blog about that. Instead what I want to focus on is the mindset shift that occurred.
It’s a mindset shift that must occur for anyone who wants to succeed in anything, whether that’s earning more income, losing weight, getting out of a bad relationship… anything.
Owning Your Personal Economy
So what’s my point here? The point is that we create our own opportunities. We’re in control of our personal economy. We have the biggest say over what happens in our lives — and what doesn’t.
The hard part is owning that.
When I got fired, I thought someone else was in control; I thought there was some invisible authority out there who was going to knock me down every time I tried to step out and recover from that experience.
Back when I had only two clients, I thought that I couldn’t take on any more than that. I had boxed myself in with false beliefs.
I was the one standing in my way.
I eventually realized if I wanted to earn more money, I’d have to figure out how to streamline my processes to do that. Once I did that, more opportunities arose which led to me creating this blog and my course. Even crazier opportunities have come from that.
It’s a snowball effect. Skills lead to more skills, and more skills lead to more income.
Three things I want to hammer into your head… and into mine (because I need constant reminders):
- Your brain is not at capacity.
- Skills are the only thing you need to generate income (as much income as you want — seriously!)
- You’re not stuck with what you’ve got unless you refuse to take steps to change it.
Why depend on someone else to change our lives? Imagine if we spent that time — or even just an equal amount of time — investing in the skills we needed to change.
Make yourself responsible for what happens or what doesn’t… and take some crazy action on that responsibility.
(Feel free to comment below :-))