I had no clue where life was going to take me.
All I knew was that when I left the corporate world six years ago, I would explore my interests and curiosities before the weight of responsibility became too heavy.
Oh, and that I wasn't going back.
Over the years, I immersed myself in the fields of rehab, fitness, marketing, and writing. They've all bestowed me with invaluable lessons.
Coaching people taught me how to be empathetic but firm. Health is a touchy subject, and there's a boatload of bad information out there. Understanding where people were coming from AND delivering the facts was the silver bullet no matter how harsh.
Slinging words to make sales taught me how to capture attention, write clearly and concisely, and ask for what I want. I also learned the ins and outs of how business is conducted in the wild–provide a service or product of value, don't be a dick, collect cash.
I would have likely never learned these lessons if I had just stayed put, so I'm grateful for my weird 'n' wacky 20s.
But two weeks shy of my 31st birthday, I'm doing something I told myself I wouldn't...
I'm starting a 9-5 job once again.
Sirens start blaring...
Friends of Alex crowd into the street, crying, screaming, falling to their knees in a fit of despair...
"This is blasphemy!"
"He said he'd never go back!!"
"It's just a job, guys. Chill."
Yes, my relaxed imaginary friend is right. I'm re-entering the rat race, and I'm kind of excited!
If you're curious, here's a brief definition of my shiny new day job:
I advise companies (and creditors to these companies) experiencing financial distress. I'm kind of like a 'business doctor'–helping companies return to state of solvency and profitability OR winding them down in the best, most comfortable way possible.
There are a handful of reasons why I've made this decision, and I won't go into all the dirty deets, but the biggest motivator is that I haven't found what works for me yet. But starting from scratch over and over again is a burden–trying new things from a point of desperation isn't my idea of a good time.
So I'm adding a stream of income to (reliably) pay the bills while I continue to play online.
The goal stays the same–make money in my sleep and spend my days with cool people doing cool things.
All that changes is the strategy.
Much love 💚
Quote I'm pondering
"There are three main ways people find fulfillment of their life meaning, in Frankl's view. First, there is action, such as creating a work, whether art or a labor of love—something that outlasts us and continues to have an impact. Second, he says, meaning can be found in appreciating nature, works of art, or simply loving people; Frankl cites Kierkegaard, that the door to happiness always opens outward. The third lies in how a person adapts and reacts to unavoidable limits on their life possibilities, such as facing their own death or enduring a dreadful fate like the concentration camps. In short, our lives take on meaning through our actions, through loving, and through suffering."
Viktor E. Frankl and Daniel Goleman, Yes to Life
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