Monday, January 22, 2007

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Making the decision to pursue your passion can be a difficult one. Especially when you have a family to support and bills to pay. Too often, we get caught up in the prestige of titles or dependent on a certain income level. We convince ourselves that if we leave our cushy job, we may not be able to get another "high paying" job or wonder how we'll pay our bills. Those are valid concerns and certainly should be considered before making a drastic lifestyle change. However, if your job is causing your health to decline or negatively impacting your emotional well-being, it may be time for a change. Don't let F.E.A.R. - False Expectations Appearing Real - stop you from exploring your options.

For nearly ten years, I worked in corporate America. I went to work every day and did my job. Even so, deep inside, there was a void. I wasn't working in my calling. The signs were all around me. For instance, I dreaded the thought of going to work. Sundays were difficult for me, because I knew that Monday was right around the corner. It took time and prayer before I realized that I wasn't doing what I was placed on this earth to do. My passion is writing. Throughout my high school and college years, English was a guaranteed "A" for me. I enjoyed writing. It was something I did with ease. How do you know what you've been called to do? That's a good question. The first thing would be determining what you're good at. Then think about something you enjoy doing and would do it for free. Next, research ways to break into that field, if you're not already in it. The following are some signs to look for when determining whether you're walking in your calling.



  • If you're unhappy in your current position, you're probably not working in your calling

  • If you daydream about doing something other than your current job...

  • If you leave work early on a regular basis or call out when you shouldn't...

  • If you don't look forward to going to work...

  • If you're at work, but you conduct personal business throughout the day...

  • If you have a bad attitude...

  • If you constantly complain about your job or supervisor...

  • If you're exceling in your current role, but you still feel unfulfilled in your professional life...

  • If you've prayed and have already received the answer that you're mismatched in your current role...

For me, the decision to step out on faith and take a voluntary severance package proved to be the right one. Since then, I've started a publishing company, Nevaeh Publishing, LLC, which was inducted in the 2006 "Who's Who in Black Atlanta." My book, Only True Love Waits, was released in October 2006 and is doing very well.


Before you make the decision as to whether you should leave a job, I would strongly encourage you to pray. And don't allow FEAR to keep you bound. Sometimes all you need is faith the size of a mustard seed.

2 comments:

Dean said...

Give thanks Dwan, I am so encouraged reading your blog, your story of how you left corporate america and now are doing something you love. I am taking your advice and first doing what I love for free, celebrity journalism. I interview celebrities for an online radio station. Now like you did, I am so praying for another door another oportunity. Until that time I write, until that day I stay at my corporate america job waiting on my change to come. You are so inspiring Dwan, write on, write on

Dean
deancommunicationsandbroadcasting.com

PrincessBling said...

Thank you, Dean. After reading a portion of your screenplay, I don't think you'll have to wait much longer. I pray for your screenplay to get picked up by a major producer. Until then, keep the faith. Your breakthrough will come.