Open Your Mouth and Make Your Demands

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When I was a kid, I was very timid and shy. I would make my requests known as quiet as a mouse. I remember someone once telling me, "Closed mouths don't get fed." That phrase stuck with me. If I wanted anything in life, I needed to vocalize it and not be afraid of the outcome.

In 2012, I relocated to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area from Atlanta and lived there for approximately seven months. Due to personal reasons, after the fourth month, I decided that it would be best for me to relocate to the west coast and live in Los Angeles. Once my plan was drafted, I knew that I had to tell my employer about this but have a back-up plan in case they terminate my contract due to my move.

It took me nearly four hours to draft the email but once I sent it, I was relieved. Soon after, my manager and I met to discuss more in detail. They stated to me that there is a chance that my contract will not renew if I relocated to Los Angeles. However, I stood my ground and did not change my decision.

After living in Los Angeles for three weeks, my contract was coming up for renewal in a week. I received a phone call and on the other end was my manager. They congratulated to let me know that my contract was being renewed and that our internal business customers have no problems with me working remotely in Los Angeles! I was thrilled and excited about the outcome!

All of this would not have happened if I did not open my mouth, make my request known and stand my ground with my decision. Since I did that, I am now being fed. Ask yourself this question, "How hungry are you?"

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Joshua Jackson