During November 2008, I received a death threat from a former employee that had been laid off from the company. Since I was the Human Resources Manager, he viewed me as the cause of his problems. Receiving such a threat surely prompted me to reflect on where I was I my life, what I was doing and what I was not doing. As a result of that turning point in my life, I chose to resign from a job I enjoyed and start my own personal and professional development company.
Don’t get me wrong, this decision was accelerated due to the traumatic event, but that event was not the cause of my decision. For years I have wanted to own my own business and achieve success on my own terms. But, alas, the comfort and perceived security of employment kept me in a holding pattern. Can you relate? So I saved up my money, knowing that one day I would “step out on my own.” The only thing I didn’t know is when and how it would happen. For some reason, it seems like I thought there would be some huge obvious sign to let me know that “Now is the time!” But that never happened. What I did get was a quiet and peaceful voice that said, “Wende, it’s time now. You’re ready!”
Well, that was a total shock to me because I certainly didn’t believe that I was ready. Although I had completed the training I needed, created a financial reserve and had an idea of how I wanted my business to run, I still felt unprepared to actually act on it. But that is where my faith came into the picture. I knew for a fact that I could not succeed in business (or in life for that matter) without God’s help and guidance. So I took a massive leap of faith and trusted that where God provides a vision he also provides provision.
After several years of working with the people that I had grown to know as my “work family” I submitted my resignation in January 2009. My choice was not based on running away from something unpleasant, but rather on running toward something new and exciting. In the time since I’ve started Universal Possibilities LLC, a personal and professional development company for women, I’ve had the opportunity to reach and help new people! The road of entrepreneurship gets bumpy at times, but whenever I start to wonder if I made the “right” choice. I reflect on the women that I coach and know that I would not want to be doing anything else with my life but what I am doing right now. How many people do you know that can say that about their job or business? Can you say it about yours?
If you would like some guidance and a step-by-step process to achieving the career success that you desire, then consider registering for my upcoming Phenomenal Woman, Phenomenal Career Coaching Program. My experience and insight as a Human Resources Manager, Certified Career & Life Coach, and working Mom can help you to clarify your career goals and create a personalized strategy to achieve them. The program is conducted over the telephone, so your geographic location is never a factor.Share