Listening to your inner voice – taking steps to change.
Guest post by Laura-Kim Le Roux of Laura-Kim Le Roux Consultancy
I ended up working in a Corporate job by accident. It was not what I studied nor was it a field I even knew about. In fact, if you had even implied I would be working for a bank one day I would have laughed and laughed, banks are boring and for people in suits.
Life rarely takes us where we plan so there I was working in a bank. I started in a very basic entry level position but pretty quickly moved up and before I had actually made peace with the fact I was working in a bank, I had a team under me and a baby on the way. Then suddenly I was getting a 10-year service award.
While I did well and progressed to management level and was involved in making decisions and signing things off, I never felt like it was what I was meant to do. I didn’t enjoy the spreadsheets, the rules, everything had a process you had to follow, even if it was quicker to skip a step, you had to follow the process. The politics were eye-opening and I never really learned to play the game properly. I have never been one to suck up or compromise who I am for a promotion, so I could have actually been a lot further than I was.
The biggest problem with working in this environment was that I was a creative and many large corporates can’t afford creativity. The processes are there for a reason – they work in maintaining the order of things but very often creatives function in the chaos.
When I met my husband (the second one) I made it clear I was desperate to leave my job. It was stifling me, I felt restricted, suffocated almost and I wanted out. I had done my time for 10 years and I was ready to listen to my the inner, voice and do something, that I felt added meaning. When you leave a Corporate job, there is always a line of people capable of taking over from you.
So I left. We researched a few options and I resigned in my last trimester of pregnancy with my third child. It was probably the most liberating decision I have ever made. I was also petrified and terrified. I had always chosen the safe road, the one that made sense, the one with no risks, this was the first decision I had made that wasn’t the safer option. It was probably the single best decision I have made, though.
Doing something on my own terms, in my own time was what I was meant to do but it is not what everyone is meant to do. There are people who function really well in a corporate. They thrive with the rules, the structure and the world needs those people. Then there are those of us who need to color outside the line, we need to push boundaries, take risks and wake up not really sure what the day holds. The world needs these people too.
“I had always chosen the safe road, the one that made sense, the one with no risks, this was the first decision I had made that wasn’t the safer option”.
Making the decision to change jobs – whether it is to move to a new position or change fields completely – is a huge decision and one that should never be made lightly but you can only silence the little voice inside for so long. There comes a time when you have to take the leap of faith and follow your passion.
Working for yourself is not the easier option, it is hard and when things don’t go as planned there is no boss to help you out or process to blame – the buck stops with you. In many ways that is where the appeal lies, working for yourself you become the master of your own destiny, you make the choices and all the decisions about where you end up.
I have been working for myself for 5 years now, it has been a roller coaster ride of note and it is only really this year that I have really found my space, the place I want to be but I would not have it any other way. I don’t dread Monday mornings, I look forward to tackling my inbox and sending quotes and putting together proposals. It is not something I have to do but something I want to do.
There have been a lot of lessons learned over the last 5 years, next week I will share a few of those lessons.
About Laura-Kim Le Roux
Laura is a work from home mom to four kids. She runs a Social Media Consultancy that works with small, owner-run businesses, is a partner at SA Mom Blogs and runs a personal parenting blog, HarassedMom. When she isn’t playing moms taxi, she enjoys scrapbooking, eating her hidden stash of Lindt chocolate and finding her zen in yoga class!
You can contact Laura-Kim through her social channels and by email.
Don’t forget to tune in again next week on Monday the 8th for the second installment of Laura’s lessons in listening to your voice and other lessons she has learned along her journey to starting her own business.
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