Hi readers, it has been awhile since I posted anything, and I haven’t forgotten all of you.
Over the last several weeks, I was trying to come to terms with a big life decision. Not marriage – done that, or buying a home – done that too, no, I was trying to decide where to take my career. The preoccupation that takes most of my waking hours and affords me the life that I am so blessed to have.
But still, I had to decide; Do I stay where I currently am and move up? Do I pivot and try something new? Do I go back to School?
The thing is for a very long time I have been very unhappy with my job. My company was great, the work was exciting and the people are super talented and incredibly inspiring, but I was not in flow.
I first heard about this concept on a podcast by a interviewee named Chris Guillbeau. Chris has lived such a free and personally crafted life. He has also visited every country in the world! That is 193 countries!
On this podcast he talked about achieving the trinity of satisfaction in your career. Joy-Money-Flow. At the intersection of all three was what he called, the “winning career lottery”.
But what stuck with me is this idea of Flow, doing something that you are good at and enjoy doing. It is the ultimate work goal! I realized during the last several months, that I could learn how to do any job, but I couldn’t fake flow. In my current role, I found i was working harder than i needed to. It was like when I was learning to swim and other swimmers would glide through the water and I would fight the water with every stroke.
For me, I wasn’t achieving flow, in fact, i was floundering as I realized that I was spending easily 8-9 hours a day fighting “water” so to speak. So after many tears and frustrated moments, I decided to make a decision and go back to school to study… web development.
For many people it may have come as a surprise, but those closest to me know that this is something I have always been interested in. In fact, 12 years ago when I was a first year University student, I was in Computer Science. I’ll have to leave that for another post, but the short story is that, unlike today where there are lots of women and minorities in tech, back then it was very rare.
So, in two weeks, I will be back in class, learning about front end technologies and hopefully crafting the life that I want to live (more on this too in another post).
And you can too! Know that if you’re working at something and it isn’t coming to you, it is okay to stop and move on. While you may feel that you are starting at square one, you actually aren’t. All the experiences that have brought you to this moment, will offer you a unique perspective in your future role.