Thursday, December 15, 2011

Lost As An Employee; Found As An Entrepreneur

If you would have shown me a magic crystal ball precisely one year ago and told me that 2011 would be one of the happiest, most successful years of my life, I’d have laughed in your face and seriously questioned your sanity. (Especially if you looked like the lady in this picture).

You see, precisely one year ago, I was clutching Kleenex, nursing a broken heart, weeping like a baby not to mention completely lost career wise. I had not even launched my website or consulting business, Jaclyn Mullen Media. I had no plan, I had no path--all I had was a merciless inner critic, buckets of tears and somewhere beneath that, a strong faith that I’d figure out why it all was happening. 

How about you? Have you taken time to examine your past year? How did it start out? How is it ending? What have been the greatest lessons you've learned along the way

As I flash forward to nearly one year later of being self employed, working on a ton of great projects with clients I care about as well as scoring serious professional accomplishments (including moments of giving back to society) matched with new friends and even a whole new relationship with myself, I know my life isn't perfect or all that I’d envision it to be.....yet. But it is progressing and that’s what counts. 

Organized chaos. Lost as an employee yet found as an entrepreneur. Learning to find contentment in imperfection. Do you measure perfection or progression in your life? Why does this even matter? 

I was lost for most of my twenties but I was especially lost last December. Who am I kidding, everyday I am lost but rather than running away from the unknown, rather than running away from the lack of answers, I now embrace uncertainty and use it to challenge myself as an individual and entrepreneur. It wasn’t until my "success and spiritual open heart surgery” as I like to call it (the bad breakup and walking away from my stable salary), that I finally realized my mortality and  allowed myself to truly operate one day at a time. These days, I ask myself “What would Steve Jobs do? Would he be afraid, would he stay stuck? Would he not take a chance?”

I share this with you because it’s important to remember that we really have no clue what the future holds for us. As Steve Jobs even said himself “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something—your gut, your destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down and it has made all the difference in my life.”

Uncertainty. The next time you face it, embrace it. Step into the unknown, dive in with a little faith and trust that the answers will be revealed to you along the way. There was uncertainty for me surrounding why I chose this topic to blog about today. It’s been too long since I last posted and that will change in 2012. Perhaps, like everyone else, I just needed a friendly reminder to step into uncertainty and embrace the many unknown adventures that 2012 will surely bring.

And if that is the case, cheers to entrepreneurship, cheers to one year anniversaries of uncertainty and most importantly, cheers to what "finds" you too!

Do you have a lost and found story to share? Post it in the comments section below.

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