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A Unique Opportunity
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Here in America, we have in many ways, a unique opportunity. Our founding documents actually state that pursuing Happiness is an unalienable Right. I don’t know about you buy I find this to be quite a fascinating concept.I. Have. A. #Right. To. #Pursue. My. #Happiness. Click To Tweet
I made the below comment in response to a post about Comfort Zones…
Well, I stepped out of my comfort zone by standing up to an abusive CEO and his unethical policies late last year. It felt good at the time – and I was completely professional in my manner of doing so.
I was fired on the spot of course.
It opened the door to several things, including starting a website (which I had often thought about but never acted on).
Is the future uncertain now? Well, sure it is but that wasn’t really any different from before. There is certainly much more freedom to be had and opportunity to explore than I had imagined.
I’m not encouraging anyone to go and get themselves fired, but stepping out on a limb sure can be exhilarating!
That interaction got me thinking… So, if I have a right to pursue my own happiness – why would I spend my limited time with activities that didn’t fall in line with that objective? The objective of course being Happiness. If I am not going to live each day to its fullest then I didn’t make the most of it. Shame. On. Me. Since each day only happens once in my lifetime wasting days doesn’t make me very happy.
As some of you know from this post, I am currently in the process of deciding between finding full time employment or starting a business of my own. There are pros and cons to both, obviously. The trick is and what I need to decide – what do I want to spend my time on? With a new baby in the house, I am realizing just how precious my time is, not just to myself but to my wife and son as well.
Considerations Moving Forward
Starting a business from scratch is a lot of work, the income will be crap at first, but the payoff could be ‘YUGE’. A big question is: Can I make it work before running out of reserves?
A “regular” job is appealing in that the stable income would allow me to slowly, but surely, work on obtaining our goal to retire early to our Rural Property. I’d be giving the best of myself each week to my employer. That is hard to swallow now…maybe it shouldn’t be – but it is.
From every mentor I have spoken to there is no chance of “hanging my hat at the door” in a startup. Apparently, working all the time will just be the norm – which is why having one focused around passions is so important.
On the other hand, a regular 8-5 is something that, most likely, allow me to do just that. Until of course another round of layoffs occur at the new company; then I won’t have a hat to hang at all. Hmm…
Risk of Failure
Startups fail all the time. Seriously, its damn hard to get a business off of the ground. The SBA has stats that state the majority of startups fail.
Nothing guarantees the next job to be around for long though either. I’d more or less be at the whim of my new employer. I know that I am not alone in being given the short stick by the boss man.
There are other considerations of course and a large number of details to be worked out before heading down a business pathway, though many details have been worked out. I am still left with trying to hash out one major question…
I’ll be honest with you, the previous job I held was an awesome position. Seriously. Awesome. The role I played was not only instrumental but critical to company growth and success and I was compensated very well because of it. We even quadrupled in size in only three years.
But, I was miserable in no small part because of the Corporate Culture. The environment was despotic and indecorous where being a “team” player meant falling in line to the CEOs wishes regardless of scruples. I found myself becoming someone whom I didn’t respect. Someone who even started to consider that old adage of ‘the ends justify the means’.
Thankfully, the arrival of my son helped me refocus and put things back into perspective. I realized I needed to be intentional in my Pursuit.
So, BIG QUESTION: Which option leads me to making the most of each and every day?
Any advice? What do you choose to spend your time on? What would you choose to spend your time on?
Now, think about your own life.
As you go about your own day to day activities, think about what you spend the majority of your time on. Begin the process of evaluating whether or not that is the activity that has a positive impact in your life and the lives of those whom you care about.
What do your kids think of where and how you spend your time? What does your significant other think about your priorities? And of course, what do you think?
If you are maximizing your potential and your Pursuit is on course – bravo. I believe you are one of the few who can honestly say that is the case. If you aren’t, consider the changes that can you make today to start the process. Are you spending so much money on things that you can’t afford to consider employment changes? What about the time you spend after the workday?
Probing questions, I know – but important ones if real Happiness is to be achieved in our lives.
So these are the issues I will continue to wrestle with over the next few days and weeks. While I’m looking forward to the outcome I will daily ask myself this question: Are you being intentional in your Pursuit of Happiness?