At the age of 22, I had it made. I had been working for T-Mobile USA for close to 4 years, with great growth. I started out as a Rep on the phone in 2007, and went on to experience many different roles within the company. When the opportunity for a position as Administrative Assistant to the Director became available, I jumped on it!
I was a little hesitant to apply for the position, as the job description read clearly that it required a bachelor’s degree (one I was working towards, but had yet to attain). I was also a little perturbed. I had been interviewing for a position as a Senior Rep (similar to an Assistant Manager) for the last couple of months. I was passed up for the first position, but trudged on when the same position become available immediately after.
I went through the interview process again, still determined but slightly weary. During the process, one of my interviewers suggested I apply for the Administrative Assistant position that had not yet been posted. Although I smiled and nodded on the outside, on the inside I felt like I was being led on. I thought to myself “if you aren’t going to give me this position just say so, don’t try to get my hopes up by pushing me off in a different direction only to be turned down again”. I applied anyways.
Knowing that I didn’t have the same experience and impressive resume of the other applicants, I knew it was going to take something drastic to get my foot in the door. After applying I went directly to the Director and offered my services by saying “If there is anything I can do to help you, until you have hired someone for the position I’d be more than happy to! I have experience in doing the task outlined in the job description, and the opportunity to help (even on a temporary basis) would be a great experience for me”.
I guess it’s true what they say “ask and you shall receive”. The Director was impressed that I was the ONLY person that had come up and offered my services directly. I was awarded with the interim position, which pretty much meant I got to do all the job duties without the pay increase until they hired someone permanently. I knew this was my only opportunity to show what I had to offer, and I did just that. Two months passed with me doing the position in the interim, and I had come a long way in earning the respect of my Director and peers. I had also made it to the final stage of the interview process, as the only internal candidate. The two external candidates had impressive backgrounds, but I managed to wow my interviewers and was awarded the position.
End of story right? Wrong! A year and a half into the position, I found myself siting at a table with the VP of operations and several other big wigs from the company. I was floored to find that they would be shutting my building down! In 90 days, I would be officially laid off! Like everyone else at the company, I began putting in applications at other places. After about 40 applications with few responses and request for interviews, I was getting worried. UNTIL I came across one listing that caught my eye. The description of the company was vague, but the job duties and incentives really caught my eye. This would be a position in which I could expand my skills immensely, and also have room for the growth I craved.
After a very long, and unusual, interview process I landed a phone interview. At this point, I still really had no clue who the company was that I was interviewing for or if it was even legit! What I did know was that whoever it was, was very meticulous. I was required to write emails, take test, and even submit to a personality test TWICE! Once I moved to the final interview stage, the owner of the company actually called and chatted with my current boss, to see if my personality would be a good fit for the company.
Finally, I had my final interview with the owner of the company via Skype. The very next day I received an email welcoming me to the team! I was still leery, since I didn’t know much of the company and would be working from home! Seemed too good to be true. It didn’t take long for me to find out that this job was a blessing from GOD. The owner of my company was actually an entrepreneur, and I was his first full time employee! His name is Mike Lyon, and he is a Social Media Consultant working with Home Builders. He is also the Author of 3 books to date, and conducts sales training and in person seminars for homebuilders all over the country!
This job, which I am 7 months into, is unlike any other position that I have ever held. There was no instruction manual for my position; in fact, I created the instruction manual myself. My boss made if very clear that my salary is based on my results, not on my time. There is no clocking in or clocking out. I am responsible for keeping up with my projects and also contributing my ideas in order to grow the business.
While this change was overwhelming at first, I quickly fell into my own groove. Not only did it challenge my mind, in challenged my entire concept of what “work” was. Instead of doing task for a large company where I had little, if any, input into the overhead decisions being made, I was now in a position to take ownership of my work, success, and the overall direction of the company. Work stopped being work. I now wake up eager to begin my day and motivated to take the company to the next level. The flexibility of the position also played a HUGE part in relieving the stress of being a career-oriented mother. If I need to take my daughter to the doctor, or feel like taking a Friday afternoon to pamper myself, I hold the power to do this. Not because I am able to slack in my duties, or because my job is any less detrimental, but because I AM THE BOSS OF MY OWN DESTINY!
With no clock in/clock out or micro management, I am able to choose when I complete my task (keeping in mind due dates, of course). I now find myself waking up in the early morning jumpstarting my day, and being able to spend more much appreciated time with my family in the evenings. This led me to an entirely different train of thought…. an entrepreneurial mentality. I began taking other parts of my life into my own hands as well, rather than allowing my body to go in and out of cruise control scheduled around the punching in and out of a time clock. I began writing down my goals. Making up more projects for myself at work, which fit my areas of interest. Coming up with new ideas to grow the business, and taking the reigns on their implementation. I went from being in the passenger seat of my life, to being the driver. This mentality led me to pursing my own hobby as a blogger, hence the reason you are reading this today.
I’m very focused and determined on acheiving my dreams, and have learned to actualize and visualize them each day. I make list of goals, both personal and work related. I read a minimum of 1 hour each day of NON-FICTION literature pertaining to my area of work. I make money of course, but it’s soo much more than a job. I learned “The Secret”. I’m living my life now, rather than simply living IN it.
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