What's Really Beneath Us?
This week I received an email that made my day. I think you’ll like it, too.
Very often we ask ourselves if we can “afford” to accept an opportunity. It could be a job offer, a project or even a new client. Sometimes, obviously, the answer is no. We can’t possibly say yes to everything—and there are definitely things that aren’t worth our time and talent.
But I meet people all the time who’ve been out of work for an extended period and are still turning down job offers they view as “beneath” them. They refuse to see any potential in these “dead ends.”
So when I connect with someone who decides to take a chance—and then deliberately chooses to work it to her advantage—I want to celebrate.
Take a look at this note I received. It’s long, but well worth a minute of your time—especially if you’re someone who has passed on a job opportunity because you felt it was beneath you or was bound to lead nowhere.
I wanted to thank you for all of your hard work and valuable information that you send out each and every week. I was an attendee at the Women For Hire event in Atlanta last year and got an opportunity to hear you speak. At that time I had recently gotten fired from a very aggressive, full commission, outside sales position. Needless to say, after hearing you speak and hearing how you felt when things did not work out with your “dream” job, it gave me a sense of peace and realization that my job was not what defined me. It was how I treated others, how well I kept in touch with my family, and how well I kept in touch with my friends. I am a VERY driven person and very career oriented, but at the time I had gotten fired, I was on a ME–only mentality: not able to look at the bigger picture.
Since I saw you speak in Atlanta, I was offered a job temporarily with a manufacturing company. I figured that any job was better than no job. I went from making about $84,000 per year to $15/hour plus a small commission on gross profit. It was extremely hard for me to accept that and not get hung up on the salary. I worked extremely hard, exceeded what was laid out for me and ended up signing on a permanent basis. (Still at this point I felt this was only a stop gap) Then something amazing happened. They created an entirely new division, and moved myself and another colleague in those roles. All of a sudden, I was given an amazing opportunity to grow a national territory and start from ground zero. In just 8 months, I am clearing almost what I made when I was let go at my previous company, have less stress and a ton more experience.
All because I took a $15/hour temp job that I felt was not going anywhere.
I wanted to share this with you because I have you to thank in terms of having the weekly motivation to keep going when things were tough. To have someone to relate to and to realize that we truly do have the opportunity to make our way. I could have chosen two paths: one, just showed up to my job, met my expectations of me, and go home sad because I wasn’t where I felt I needed to be—or, exceed on the task I was given. Again, I want to thank you for all of your weekly insights, letters and motivational tips. When I see them in my inbox I look forward to getting an opportunity to read them.
Take care, and love what you do!
I’m even more excited to receive Kim’s email than she is to get mine. She didn’t accept the opportunity and HOPE that it’d work out. She accepted and HUSTLED to ensure it did.
Let me be clear: the process isn’t always black or white when deciding whether to accept or decline an opportunity, but far too often we instantly assess why it won’t work, instead of investing time to figure out how to make it work.
What are you assuming is too expensive, too costly, or not enough money? What are you dismissing as a waste of time before truly exploring? And on the flip side, where are you spinning your wheels in a hopeless cycle instead of pausing and changing course? Is there more than meets the eye that you could discover – if only you committed to making it happen?
Enjoy the rest of your week. I’m rooting for your success.