Everyone asks, “where do you see yourself in five years?” Or “how do you see yourself growing within your position?” It’s always a question of status, climbing the ladder, making the big bucks, the benefits or perks, and the questions that are a constant reminder of the importance of being a “big girl.” While these things can be important (and probably are to most) I’ve come to realize I’ve never quite been satisfied with a typical routine; a 9-5 job just doesn’t do it for me. I always find myself wanting something more. Sure, I have a wonderful job that makes me happy, great benefits, with the sweetest co-workers. I’ve basically “got it made,” (for a desk job). But… I still find myself looking for that something that’s missing.
Recently, I’ve felt as though I’m getting closer to what this “something” is (as if it’s a pot of gold you’d find at the end of the rainbow). I’ve seemed to find a common theme in recent conversations I’ve had with a few different people about careers, life, and the thought “where do we go from here.” Life seems to be dropping hints right and left that I need to be bold and get on with my adventure. We’re young, and if we don’t do it now… when will we? With the economy in the state that it’s in, it takes more creativity and thinking outside of the box to make something of yourself… especially in the creative field I’ve placed myself in.
Continually, I’ll search for jobs in the social media world that encompass all of the aspects of networking and communication that I enjoy so much. Jobs with an inspiring environment and the opportunity to see new faces, travel to various places, and a reminder that the sky is the limit. But what I’ve come to realize, is this position isn’t going to be advertised in some job listing, it’s something I’ve got to create for myself. Someone told me tonight, “fortune favors the bold.” So by bold, does this mean doing away with my comfort zone and making a life out of conquering the world? Most likely. (Or at least to some extent). I can’t let the every day “what if’s” hold me back, I am bold… and adventurous, why now would I choose to be anything short of that. I know I’m destined to be something great, and something… a little out of the ordinary. So why am I waiting for that job to be advertised… it doesn’t work like that. All of those who I’ve admired over the years, I now realize, didn’t wait for it to happen or continue down an uncreative path to find themselves in a creative world. They made it happen. “No” just simply was not an acceptable answer. So with that, I leave you with a quote that has inspired me and helped me focus on my dreams:
“Any time you sincerely want to make a change, the first thing you must do is raise your standards. When people ask me what really changed my life… I tell them that absolutely the most important thing was what I demanded of myself. I wrote down all the things I would no longer accept in my life, all the things I would no longer tolerate, and all the things I aspired to becoming.” -Anthony Robbins