I’m not a fan of Country Western music, but there is one song I have liked since I was a little kid. It’s called “The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers. The chorus goes, “You’ve gotta know when to hold them … know when to fold them … know when to walk away … know when to run. You never count your money when you’re sitting at the table. There’ll be plenty time for counting … when the dealing’s done.”
I retired from my career in law enforcement in 2011. I have spent the last year building my life coaching and speaking businesses HRJR Enterprises. In June, a friend offered me a position on her admissions team for a post-secondary technical school she was hired to take over. I saw it as a way to further help people improve themselves. I even called it “Life Coaching 2.0″ because it was an extension of my businesses; I could help people through the school.
As I learned the parameters of the job, I discovered that it was not a good fit for me. On August 1, 2012, I made the decision to “walk away” from the position. It wasn’t an easy decision; I left behind some great people. Ultimately, I had to make a move that was best for me, my family, and my peace of mind.
How do you know if you’re a slave to your job?
- If you take your paycheck over your peace of mind, or
- If you can’t be who you are because you have to be what the job requires … You just might be a slave.
Far too often, we find ourselves in uncomfortable positions that seem impossible to escape. Although it’s not impossible, it can be difficult – and may be necessary. There are all kinds of consequences to consider, but the fact of the matter is, there are always consequences. There are consequences for the things we do as well as for the things we don’t. At some point, we have to make choices … and then act on them.
The main reason so many people are unhappy is that they know what choices they have to make, but they allow their fear of facing those consequences, or worse, their fear of the unknown, keep them from taking the necessary actions to achieve their desired results.
The bottom line – nothing in life worth having comes easy. If it did, we wouldn’t appreciate it. People can find freedom in their work, provided they find or create work worth living for as opposed to working just to make a living. Gaining freedom won’t be easy, but “when the dealing’s done,” the challenge of obtaining freedom is worth it … THIS I KNOW.