This past Friday was my last day as a Senior Systems Engineer. I spent 2 years, 7 months, and 5 days at the company. I took this job solely because of money. I was 24 at the time, so the amount of money I was going to make widened my eyes.
For the past year I started to reevaluate my life. I made good money, but I had zero interest in the company and zero passion for my job. I did my job well, but I wasn’t happy; it wasn’t my calling. I was blessed to have this job, but I literally hated being here. I never put myself above the job, but I was putting in so much time and work that my relationships and personal health were deteriorating. There wasn’t any appreciation from upper management. I was working hard, but for what? No raise, no interest in the company, and the same pay for the past 2 years and 7 months…I needed change. I missed marketing. I needed to get back into marketing and leverage my creativity and personality.
It wasn’t until 2-3 months ago that I started to go on interviews. I had a lot of interested parties, but none of them grabbed my attention except for one company. I wanted this job bad! I knew I could learn a whole lot from the company and also contribute a whole lot as well. This job was basically my calling. It suited my style and personality. From the first interview to the second and then waiting for that phone call, I was at the edge of my seat.
When I finally got that call, I almost cried; I got the job. I jumped, yelled, woke up the wifey and cheered together. Everything fell into place. After feeling like I sold out for the past couple of years, I was finally back on track to following my heart. This was my step to a new beginning, a new and better me.
The lesson that I learned through all of this was to follow my passion. If you’re not passionate about what you’re doing, then why stay? Majority of the people will tell you to follow the money and just take the job, but how happy are those people? The money was nice, but at what expense? Passion is what ignites you; money is only temporary.
My advice is to never let anyone tell you what to do. Follow your passion and dreams. If anyone brings you down and tries to stray you from your own path, maybe you need to leave that person behind. In the end, it’s your happiness, not anyone else’s.
Live your life and do you boo boo.