Reclaiming my Time and Owning my Freedom
On August 31, 2017, I closed the door to corporate America once and for all as I turned in my laptop, company cell phone, and badge on my last day. I did this once before in 2015 when I resigned from my employer of 3 years. However, this time is different because I have a game plan for growing my business. Why on earth did I return to corporate America in 2016 after resigning in 2015? Allow me to explain.
When I resigned in 2015, I had a game plan but it wasn't necessarily a sustainable one. I planned a nationwide motivational speaking tour entitled The Revolutionizing Pimping Tour to 39 states and 88 cities in 6 months. The plan was to promote my book and brand with hopes of getting paid speaking gigs along the way. However, in the middle of my tour, my sponsor informed me of upsetting news. Due to personal reasons, they were not going to be able to fund the second phase of my tour. With only a 3 month break in between the East Tour Phase and West Tour Phase, I interviewed with as many recruiters as I could until I landed a job in corporate America again.
On June 20, 2016, I started working for ViaSat in Carlsbad, California. Although hardly anyone at the company knew about my book, How to Pimp Corporate America or my tour, I kept quiet until I believed that it was the right time for me to explain it to my manager. Approximately a month after I was hired, I mustered the courage to tell my manager that I was on a break from being on tour and that I was due to be back on the road in less than 2 months. Surprisingly, she approved me being on tour and working for ViaSat simultaneously.
As my tour was coming to an end in November 2016, I was saddened that I would have to be in the office full time in Carlsbad, California. Although I tried my best to cope with working at a corporation by tricking my mind that I needed the money to fund my business, dedicating 8 hours a day was just not going to cut it for me. Time is what I was losing every single day. Time that I could have easily used on building, growing and expanding my business.
On the morning of July 24, 2017, I made a conscious decision to resign from my corporate job and focus on my business, The Corporate Pimp one hundred percent. Clicking 'Send' for the email to be transmitted and sent to my manager was a hallmark moment for me. There is no turning back. This time, I made a vow to myself that working again in corporate America will never be an option for me.
Today, September 1, 2017, I woke up at 5am to not go to a corporate job but to go to my office for my business. Since then, I've been working nonstop on project tasks and am loving every minute of it! It is approximately 11:28pm Pacific Time on September 1, 2017 and guess what I am doing; working on my business! The beauty of it is that I could care less how many hours it takes for me to complete tasks related to my business because I completely am in love with what I do for a living.
As the one meme was going around recently about Maxine Waters stating that she was 'reclaiming her time' is exactly what I did when I walked out of corporate America yesterday, August 31, 2017. I am reclaiming my time and owning the freedom that I deserve to acquire in life!