The year is 2008. I considered myself a successful professional in the restaurant industry. It had never been intended to be a permanent career choice. I had far more exciting plans in store for myself. Ten years later that was just a distant memory. I was firmly entrenched in my job as a general manager for a fast food franchise. I was making a good income to support my growing family, and I was living the dream.
Well, that’s what I thought until about 2pm on August 12th, 2008. That is a date and time I will never forget. In fact these days, I keep it noted on my calendar as a personal holiday. This was the day I was fired from a job I had done for so long, for a company I had shown unwavering loyalty to for about a quarter of my life to date. The bottom fell out of my life on that day, and I would spend the next couple of years trying to close the lid on it again.
I did the interview circuit at first. I was damaged goods and no one seemed to want to have anything to do with me. That’s when, with the help of my wife, we formulated a bold plan to dig ourselves out of this hole. We decided that we were going to start our own business to take control of our own life going forward. Little did we know that this was also the beginning of the biggest economic meltdown since the crash of ’29. Yeah, great plan.
Over the next two years, I would literally try every avenue, to get our dream started. Everyone I shared our plan with said it was a very good idea, and would likely be very successful. However, when we got around to the money part, no one was interested. This had become the story of my life to date. I wasn’t a viable asset to my former employer, and I didn’t have any assets of interest to the banks for my idea. All I had to show for the path I had chosen was more debt, and increasing frustration.
Was that really it?
Our finances are in a bit of a mess now. No one can deny that we don’t have the resources we used to have (personal note: don’t worry we aren’t soup kitchen poor or anything). However, I now am closer to my family in ways I couldn’t have imagined back in the hectic days of my management career. I am getting to watch my children grow up now. Often with my earlier career and its responsibilities, I would find that would overtake much of my attention. Now, they are my focus, and no amount of income could replace the way that fills me up.
I guess sometimes you need to face adversity to realize your life is really going in the right direction.
- Job vs. Career (timesunion.com)
- Mentally exhausted by my professional situation (and I’m the reason) (ask.metafilter.com)
- The Self-motivation Fundamentals (Part One) (socyberty.com)