Prepare for a little ventilation ahead.
I’m thankful I ask questions and stand up for ethical, honest and respectable business practices. It might not make you employee of the month, but it will help you sleep with a clear conscience at night.
Just because someone has a business doesn’t mean they are good at running a business. I don’t care how long the business has been around or how much money it has made, those aren’t proof of doing things right. Business owners can do a lot of things wrong and still exist for many years and make money. Call me crazy, and most New Yorkers might, but I believe customer/employee satisfaction should always take a front seat to sales. Business isn’t all about the money, another statement I’m sure some people might think will take me nowhere fast. But I’m not working for the money, I want to work for the betterment of humanity in some way. I want to add real value and enrich lives. You can’t do that well when all you see and think is dollar signs.
I’ve learned my greatest lessons from the people I’ve worked for that weren’t great at running their business. I’m thankful to now have an even better idea of what I don’t want to do in business and the kind of manager I don’t want to be in the future.
It’s all a learning curve friends, you can tap in or tap out.
If I’m honest, I was wondering a few weeks in to my last job how I could get out of it down the road. Red flag. When the person training you tells you “Well you can just be truthful outside of work.” Red flag. Pay attention to those. Turnover tells major truths for a company, don’t ignore that. When double standards are the usual in the office, take note. Even when you can convince yourself you’ll toughen up and get through it, or the secure paycheck will make it worth it. Life is way too short to survive until you have a way out.
God’s response to my first and seemingly devastating crisis back in my early 20’s still stands true today. “Things may not get easier, but they will get better.”
I quit praying for “easy” years ago, I discovered it’s a dead end road to disappointment with life, self and God.
Easy is not the goal. Settling is not the finish line. Messy doesn’t mean something is wrong. And easy doesn’t mean something is right. I’m learning that the right thing may very well be the messiest and most challenging thing you’ve ever stepped in to.
So here come some new question marks for what is next in life. And that’s alright for now. Question mark seasons, we’ve all had them and will continue to have them. Welcome to life on this side of heaven. I’m getting more comfortable with question marks versus fighting them and always on the defense.
I’m thankful God doesn’t write our stories with question marks even when we do at times. He never wonders and is never surprised.
So change of plans. New things on the horizon y’all.