Today wraps up the 7 day challenge from Alex Beadon and we were given a hard topic to write about. Controversy. All day I was trying to come up with ideas till it hit me, so here we go.
For the last 10 months I have been told countless times that I should apply to :
- Shoppers Drug Mart
- Teavana (again)
- Home Depot
There is a trend with all these places, they are not places I want to work at. Maybe if I did not have my support system I would. But I just will not do that to myself. I want to do something that I love. All creatives (really anyone for that matter) should do what makes them happy. I adore helping people but after 6 plus years working in Customer Service, I want to make sure I am truly helping those around me. Not just filling a need.
There has been a big jump in small businesses the last few years, especially in my age group. If more of us took this route to create something of our own I feel that the world would become a happier place. While this may not be a full-time option for some, it is still something that I strongly suggest you do.
Last year I decided that It was time to share what I know about anime ,Japanese Culture and Language. By using just a few moments of my time I created an ad and had a student. The money I earned helped me at that time but I also felt like I gave more value. When we were studying Japanese I encouraged her to pop on an anime and we would go through what they were saying. She was able to not only recite back what was said but also learn more about why certain things were done in the Japanese Culture (also with some great work sheets and other fun things.
This for me shows that anyone can start to make the change to something that they love. You just need to put in the effort and love into it. Its hard work, but well worth it. When ever she smiled during and at the end of class, I felt like I was being paid 20 fold.
I propose that we break this trend and start something that we love. Do it on the side and trust me. It never feels like work because YOU love it! To all my entrepreneur friends out here, keep going for your dreams because I know you can do it! I will be right there with you doing what I love and cheering you on all the way!