Moving forward with dissension in the ranks

So I have provided notice to my company. And of course, the biggest contract that I lined up so far has fallen through. Looks like it was indeed too good to be true. So I am moving forward with only a temporary gig lined up so far. I am seriously interested in drop shipping. I’ve got more than a clue on how to get it done and the Supply Chain and Operations Management background to succeed doing it. I also have the finances to get it done. Now is the time to set it up right and make it happen.

I am going to take a few weeks off starting next week to spend with the family. I think while we are away, I am going to start getting the online store set up on E-bay and also see what I can do with Amazon. I think I can make that happen.

There is of course a parallel path as a writer. I am still more than interested in writing content for companies that need it. The game is of course getting your foot in the door. I am committed to making this happen. We need the flexibility of home based employment and of course a second income coming into the house. None of this is lost on me. Maybe on someone else in the house, but not me. I am feeling confident that I can make this work and on a scale like no other we have experienced. I can’t wait to produce consistent results that will make everything work for us and get us back to the 808 area code by 2017!

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The path forward is long and winding

And so it begins…I gave notice on Friday and I’m now counting down the days to being a former employee of this company that I am working for. I have made contact with one account so far which I hope will yield dividends. The work is mainly commission based and could result in more income than I am generating. This promises to only be the first of many steps towards finding the right mix of work and writing to get me to where I want to go. More to follow for sure!

So tonight has been about resolving account set up issues with my business checking and paypal accounts. Hopefully by the middle of the week, those issues will have resolved theirselves and I can Green-Light the next steps in the process. Business Services has a new player in the field…me.

Draining the life-blood from your body

So do you work for an organization that only cares about their bottom line? An organization with few solid rules in place other than to make the bottom line numbers look good? I came into some information with my soon to be ex-employer. They want to cut spending and overtime and to then have people leave early if possible. But if you impact profits by sending people home they will jump up and down and say you didn’t have enough coverage. The overtime is the funny one for me. The owner of the company decreed that he wanted all of the facilities to be open on Saturday’s. When I last looked at my calendar, Saturday is the 6th day of the work week and hence any time worked by an hourly employee is overtime.

Then of course there are the petty issues with people who just don’t want to earn a paycheck. And so we chase and chase and chase. I wank away amazed at the lack of desire to just do their jobs. I have never worked with a few of these guys who just don’t want to do any work whatsoever to earn their paycheck. I am going to be quite relieved when I get out of there.

And then of course there are all the after hours calls. This is really going to be something I jump up and down about getting rid of. Instead of spending time perfecting blog posts about things that matter, I find myself writing about my frustrations so I can purge this negative energy out of my body before I go to sleep. My last day with this organization can’t come soon enough.

The intrusive nature of some employers

Did you ever notice the intrusive nature of your employment relationship? Where does it stop? First, it is the piles of work on your desk. Then the overtures to stay late or come in early to get more done. And in all of this, where did your lunch hour go? It went out the door with the rest of the work/life balance we all need to be optimally effective at what we do. And in a poor economy, some employers are playing all the cards they have to squeeze every ounce of productivity out of their employees. Is it fair?

I for one feel that we should strive to get more out of life and work than what we have. I am embarking upon a journey. A journey to link productivity and creativity together with a real work life balance. That is attempting to make sense of trying to work as a freelance writer. I want to move beyond the status quo. I want to engage in another sector all together. One as a freelance worker. Whether that next career is driven by blogs, articles or whatever doesn’t really matter. What matters to me is achieving something outside of the everyday that I can be proud of.

I have grown quite tired of the constant interruptions from work. After hours calls and now overtures to work the second shift. Work the second shift? What about my personal life? Does anyone remember that I have to take calls all night long to support their business? I mean…really. This is where we are. And so as I inch closer to making my decision public, I just want to know why things got to this point?

When I explained my position to remove problem employees, that fell on deaf ears. And now it has come to pass that those same employees are causing issues that are hampering our ability to operate the site. I was made to feel as if I jumped the gun. Made to feel as if I got it all wrong. And now I am being asked to give up time with my family to babysit the bad actors and ensure they are following through with the things they are being paid to do. To this I say no!

And so tomorrow, when my boss comes in to discuss the internal conversations the higher ups are having about the site that I am working at, I will give him a brush off answer. I will let them know at the end of next week of my intentions to separate from the organization. There are no hard feelings. I think I really needed to experience this type of role before working on my own as a contractor. Self employment is a viable future for me and I am going to give it my full attention. I need to leave in order to do this and they are really giving me every reason to leave immediately. I have one account lined up and that is the starting point. I want to make this happen now. Why? Because the time is now!

Another week closer to separation

And so we have it. Another week closer to my separation from my day job. I have not made that announcement official yet. No one at my employer knows of my intentions…yet. I will not let the cat out of the bag until we get within two weeks of the day I want to cut ties forever. This is the only way to make my plans work. There is always a back story:

We came back to New Jersey and I took the first job offer that came across. What a big mistake. First of all, we should have stayed where we were. But due to a lack of commitment within our household, I made the decision to bring everyone back. And that was a mistake. I own it. I did it in the interest of appeasing the members of our household who were miserable where we went.

I still can’t get my arms around why there was a disconnect. We planned on doing this for years. We were in a decent position to make it happen, yet when we did it the commitment wasn’t there. We had too many opportunities to call it off before even going out there. But I didn’t get the right answers when I asked the same question repeatedly: “are you sure?”

I left a job that I was at for 19 years. I had seniority and a six minute commute. And we left it because there was something better 4,200 miles away. An opportunity to make a difference in our lives and to deal with all of the issues we had with the East Coast. We had the best of intentions, but still couldn’t pull it off.

And so we are here now. After ten months of torture, I am pulling the plug. I need to get away. I need to gain all the time I don’t have during the day because I am going through the motions at this job to forge a new path. To boldly go where I have not gone before. To walk in the direction of my dreams.

And so we are once again at the fork in the road. If we go left, there is much work to do in order to build a career as a freelancer. If we go right…well it is either staying where we are or working for another company. I need to try going left. I need to see if this is really for me. But I can’t as long as I have to go into an office and work for someone else.

There are many opportunities out there. I just need to land the one or two that will open the door. As I always say: it is always harder to break in. The first opportunity is the toughest one to secure. But once you do, there is nowhere to go but up. I am excited about this time. I am ready to take the reigns and give this 100% of my time, effort and energy. I am going to make it happen!

Take the chance to make things better!

So you have it in your mind to move up in your career. But what do you do to make it happen? Well, you should take some comfort in knowing that the first step in this process is actually deciding what you want to do next. What I find to be helpful is to write it down. There is power in actually putting your thoughts on paper…or in today’s world, typing a note in your phone. So now there is more work to do. You see, the thing about change that scares people is the fact that in order to make a change you have to “upset the apple cart.”

If anyone tells you that they love upsetting their routines and giving time up from what they are doing to pursue a new goal, they are probably not being truthful. But you are different. You are different because you have committed to taking the next step in the process. Gone are the days of contemplation. Now, you are ready to put the plan(s) into action. You know what it is going to take to get started and thing you have everything covered. But do you really have it all worked out?

The challenge to anyone looking to make things better for themselves starts with adversity. Adversity can manifest itself in many different ways. The most common way is in the form of the people close to you who don’t share your vision. Whether it is a spouse, other relatives, friends or co-workers, you will always have to be mindful that the people close to you may also be a barrier to the changes that you want to make. Whether those changes are in your education, professional development or on a personal level, sharing your vision can be upsetting to others around you on different levels.

So what do you do? Well, it really depends on the level of friction that is being created by those around you. Hopefully, you are surrounded by people who want to see you be happy and to succeed. That is the best case scenario. Unfortunately, most of us have people around us who may not be that supportive. Whatever you do, keep the lines of communication open. You don’t want to shut people out of your life simply because they don’t agree with your vision. Rather, you should remain open to listening to what they have to say. It doesn’t mean you are going to stop chasing your goals. It does mean that if there is something in the message they are conveying that will help you achieve your goal, be open to it.

Now you have to carve out time in your day to make it happen. Whether that is taking online courses, going to campus or attending seminars, taking action is the most empowering thing you can engage in. There is never going to be a better feeling than being able to look back after you have achieved the goal you had in mind. So take the long road if it means you can achieve the goal and fulfill your dream.

Now what? So you got the certificate or degree. Now what will you do? Well if you haven’t been working on this already, you have to update that resume…or make one if you don’t have it and start to look for that next role. Be confident in your presentation of yourself. You deserve to enjoy the fruits of your labors. There isn’t a more gratifying feeling than to confidently interview for that next role and to hear the words: you’re hired.

Why we should pay attention to FIFA

Even a casual fan like myself of soccer knows when the team they are supporting is getting jobbed! What is extra time? Is it more time to get the right score so betters can make a huge profit and honest fans to be disappointed? It shouldn’t come as any surprise that there is a huge probe going on right now of FIFA.

Nine officials are awaiting extradition to the US and all eyes are on the proceedings. The president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, has just won re-election. Funny how the developed countries of the world are up in arms while others are rejoicing. What defines developed you may ask? Well, if you live in a G-8 country you’re in a developed country. If you are in Europe, the US or Russia, you are in a developed country. I guess you could throw China in there too.

FIFA is a multi-billion dollar enterprise. We can’t delude ourselves and think that American football or other sports are bigger than soccer. Look around. The money that flows from soccer is insane. Blatter has done well to keep his hands out of the till, or so it would appear. He has “purchased loyalty” in smaller nations by bringing investment dollars to build stadiums and promote soccer, or as others call it futbol, around the world. What happens when millions of dollars drop from the sky like manna from heaven? Graft. The money you pay to support the enterprise of soccer eventually gets into the hands of some businessman in a far-flung place and is used to make him rich.

Should you care? Maybe. Corruption is nothing new. Even in the US, we see it manifest itself in many different ways. But where is the line? When does it end? Because each member country in FIFA has one vote, the bigger players like England, the United States and Germany can’t influence the process as much as they could at another venue like the United Nations. Ironic isn’t it? You can organize a coalition of willing or not so willing nations to go to war and violate another countries sovereign rights to govern itself but you can’t sway other voters to get rid of a president whom you think may be at the heart of the corruption you see.

Well if you can’t take down the king, you go after his knights, rooks and bishops. The hope is, someone is going to dime him out and give you what you need to force a resignation. The question is: what does Blatter really know? Is he part of the corruption or oblivious to what is going on around him? What if he gets set up by one of his underlings who just wants to shave some time off of a prison sentence in a not so cozy prison cell in the United States?

Where is the line? Where does the corruption stop? Is it just part of the machine and doesn’t impact the outcome of the soccer match. Who else is taking money? Are the players, coaches and other people who have a direct impact on the outcome of the game also involved? It makes you wonder. The outcome could change the most popular sport in the world.