**looking back on this well written yet un-published post astounds me. Nearly four months to the day after i wrote this I hit my ‘rock bottom’ on my culinary school graduation day when I was let go in a long term relationship that quickly avalanched into a situation where I had nothing left in my life but a crazy idea to move away to Hawaii for no reason where I completely changed my life forever.
Still, I don’t think that people need this elusive rock bottom to follow what the are inherently good at and make a career for themselves. Some people are just cool enough to be their own catalysts even when the floor hasn’t fell out from under them.
I also still believe you should share yourself no matter what. Who knows, this post could have been my invitation . . . My order to the universe for the perfect storm that was well received**
hitting rock bottom: june 16th 2011
Upon entering the depths of digital and community entrepenuership, I have spent a lot of my time doing SO MUCH RESEARCH. I’ve been reading blog posts, buying e-books and learning everything there is to know about those successful people that launched their own passion based business and now live the life they want.
The story always goes like this . . .
- Person has a good paying job at company X making a good income.
- Person decides that even though they are doing what they are “supposed” to, they aren’t doing what they love and feel spiritually undernourished.
- Person quits their job and hits rock bottom. This could mean jail, drug addiction, homelessness failed relationships etc.
- Person starts their own business and lives to tell the tale and even charge your for it. And . . . YOU BUY IT!
As amused as I am by these stories, I can’t help but think, what is my rock bottom?
Which one of my seemingly genius ideas are going to take many months or years of efforts only to flop so hard on my face leaving me with the most valuable thing of all
. . . A lesson.
I like lessons, I do. But lessons aren’t always good enough to pay the bills. It makes me wonder if people will take me seriously if i don’t have such a tortuous past of life changing experiences.
What if I have played my life so safe up to this point that my experiences are null?
If I told you I wanted to be an astronaut when I grew up that’s just what I did.
I told you I was a drug addict living in a dumpster eating food scraps and ‘found the light’ one day and landed myself some lucky ass scholarship that would eventually allow me that same job as an astronaut.
Who’s story would you want to hear? Who would you pay to take advice about how to change your livf and do what you love?
It freaks me out because I never feel like my story is good enough. I haven’t jumped through rings of fire that were burning hot enough. But does that not mean I can’t be good at what I’m good at?
Experiences are different for everyone. I could have gone through something as equally challenging as living in a dumpster except in my head instead. The circumstance is obviously different and I’m thankful for not having to do that, but it doesn’t mean I’m less knowledgable or good enough to teach YOU something too.
Share yourself no matter what. Big or small, no experience is too small for someone out there and that is a comforting truth I’m learning to believe. Experience in REAL life is what people crave when they need help with the most important thing . . . . Themselves in the real world.
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