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Work and Purpose

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I’m at a transition point in my career. I have spent a long time pondering how my life would look if I left the corporate world and pursued yoga and wellness full time. I imagined wearing stretchy pants daily and not having to wear shoes; I imagined being surrounded by like minded people; I imagined creating flexibility, in my body and my schedule. But then I would snap back into reality and get honest with myself – I like having financial freedom, I am challenged by my work, and I am motivated by the people around me.

What do you do when you enjoy your job but you also know that you have a very different purpose to pursue as well? You unite both efforts.

I am convinced that wellness is my passion and I will continue to pursue it. I sat down one day to talk to Andy about it, and after discussing the skeleton of a business plan, we dove into the details. What is the long term vision? What is the path to profitability? How much do I need to invest? What if I find a partner? Do I contract work or hire? I quickly realized, this is WORK. One thing I’ve learned about entrepreneurship in a short time is that passion only gets you so far, you better be willing to roll up your sleeves.

At the same time, I was seriously mulling over a job offer I received out of the blue at Bazaarvoice. One of my mentors had a position open up on his new team and immediately thought of me for the job. Instead of feeling excited or grateful, I immediately felt fear. I had hit a stride in my job and felt really balanced overall in life. Now this opportunity comes up, and I’m afraid my life will turn upside down. I’m also afraid I won’t ever pursue my business ideas. But then I stopped myself . Why on earth would I fear a job offer?

And then I got clear. We all fear change because it’s unpredictable. We fear new things because we might not like them or succeed. However, none of those concerns were relevant or helpful thoughts. I had to ask myself, is this an opportunity for me to learn something valuable? Is this a chance to develop my skills and prepare me for what’s coming next? Does this mean I can’t pursue my passions? With all these concerns in mind, I went to my mentor and had a very open conversation. Not only did he confirm my hopes that this was a great opportunity for me to build skills in entrepreneurship, but he gave me an important piece of advice: “You are fortunate to work for a company that values you and appreciates your strength. I recognize your talents, and that’s why I want you on my team. Use this opportunity as a training ground for your future endeavors.” Seeing that he clearly wanted to invest in me and see me succeed, I took a leap of faith and accepted the offer.

I was really excited about this prospect but also partly concerned that my wellness business will take a backseat for a bit. I decided to keep two things in focus: I am not defined by my job, I define it and can learn a ton if I approach what I do with an open mind and heart. Also, the path that I walk may have many detours, but I can embrace them and still move forward with purpose.

Courage comes from the Latin word “cor” meaning “heart”. To be courageous means to live with and from the heart.

I will still build my business plan and continue teaching yoga and being a student of life. And this means I will have the courage to take this wonderful opportunity given to me and do it wholeheartedly. Work IS purpose when done purposefully.

I’m ready to dive in head first!

    7 COMMENTS

  • Sameer October 17, 2013 Reply

    You should go for it. First, it’s easier than you think. And second, you can always go back to the corporate job.

  • Kristen October 17, 2013 Reply

    Hi, Sherrie! It’s Kristen :) I totally relate to how you’re thinking about this – on the one hand, daydreaming about the flexibility and creativity of focusing your own business, and only your business, and on then on the other hand appreciating the structure and freedom (and really, flexibility!) that having a more traditional job provides. It sounds like you made a great decision – you can keep your current schedule while your wellness plans take shape. And who knows what form the plans will take as you move forward! I say, go for it! xoxo

  • Christine Wang October 17, 2013 Reply

    Congratulations on the new job Sherrie! I shared your post with a friend of mine who’s going through a similar situation, and she found it equally inspiring :)

    • Sherrie October 17, 2013 Reply

      Thanks Christine, I’m happy to hear that! I appreciate you sharing and your comments :)

  • Jennifer Nguyen October 17, 2013 Reply

    You’re so amazing and inspirational big sister!!!

    • Sherrie October 17, 2013 Reply

      Thanks Jen, love you! Cheers to blogging!

  • erinn October 17, 2013 Reply

    I <3 HEART you and you vibrance, Sherrie! This is such an open and loving share. Thank you for sharing your process and adventures!
    xoxo

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