“I’ve never been happier, more satisfied or more proud of myself in my life. This is a job that fits me.”

It’s out there…

A particular mindset. This completely defeating idea that in order to get what you want and be happy you must first pay your dues. Which in the working world roughly translates to:

“You’re young. You’re inexperienced. You can’t do it. I will give you this crappy job you have no interest in until I decide you’re ready for something better.”

And I believed them…

I believed that these people, who hardly knew anything about me, the experiences I’d had or what I was capable of, were better able to decide my worth than I was. And I didn’t question it. For years I believed I was only capable of doing the job they chose for me and after a while I became afraid. I was afraid of my inexperience and afraid of responsibility …I became who they told me I was.

But then something happened…

One night after a particularly defeating day at work I was lying in bed thinking of all the dreams I had as a child. I wanted to help people and make a difference. I wanted to matter. And that’s when it hit me, the particularly strange and wild idea that I do matter. We all have a lifetime of experience behind us, and mine was no less important.

“We all have a lifetime of experience behind us” 

And everything changed.

I wasn’t over the fear that had been growing in me for years, but damned if I was going to let it hold me back any longer. So I pulled out my laptop and wrote a letter, a story about myself: what I believed in and how I wanted to help people. And I sent it to a company that I knew shared those values.

And now…

Here I am writing for them; helping to create. The pay isn’t always inspiring, but for me it’s not about the money. I do it for the feeling. I’ve never been happier, more satisfied or more proud of myself in my life. This is a job that fits me.

So to hell with all those people who tell you ‘you can’t do it’ simply because you haven’t yet. Become who you want to be, not what they want you to be.