Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Journey to a New Beginning

TODAY marks a new chapter in my life but unlike graduating from high school or starting a job after college, I had made a decision that was totally out of the norm - I quit my job. Some say, I'm facing a 'midlife crisis at early 20s', others say I'm might be crazy and should think it over and over again, while others congratulate me for the freedom. 

Ever since I was a child, I have been doing exactly what people expected me to do. I studied hard to graduate with flying colors to make my family proud and to achieve what they have achieved before. And I thought that's just the way it is, following the footsteps - study hard to gain good grades to be able to work in a good company, do what the boss tells you so you can get promoted. Indeed with God's guidance and support from my family and friends, I was able to graduate with honors, worked and got promoted as a team lead in just 3 years in a big international company. 

It was one great leap for me towards success, I didn't imagine myself to be in this position at my age and I was not that confident to handle people, I don't even know if I have that skill. I may excel academically but you cannot see me volunteering to speak up in front of everybody, I'm always behind the scene. But then again, people expected me to this and that, so I tried to do my best - worked overtime and worked at home, the work was endless. 

Just late last year, I realized I was running in circles and getting no where - in my work and even my finances. I got exhausted from work, too many 'extra' loads to do, and had disagreements with upper management so I got frustrated and demotivated. With my finances, I wanted to help support my family and my dreams but ended up with debts and no savings for working for almost 4 years, I really need to do something.

This year, I came across two separate paths - one path leading to my old way which is my current work situation which needs a few attitude adjustments if I want to settle for what I have now; while the other path leads to a whole new world that is really outside my comfort zone but I believe would help me grow not only as an individual but as a leader as well and help achieve my dreams. I am now part of a financial group that helps every family achieve financial freedom - I want to start it off with myself and my family so I took the risk and took the second path. 

I know this is going to be quite a challenge because my family chose the first path for me and now I'm not doing what is expected of me, I have a lot to prove to myself and to them. I'm afraid to fail, but as they say failure is part of success, I'm going to conquer my fear and go out of my comfort zone to unleash what I am capable of. I know God will lead the way as He always do, He provided me this path and provided people who would guide me through.