Welcome to August and the last month of the 5 Pillars of Living a BIG Life. I hope you have enjoyed the past four months as I took you through four of the Pillars: Family, Financial, Spiritual and Wellness. Thanks to all of you who participated in our contest. I so enjoyed seeing your photos.
I am so excited about this month’s Pillar which is Career. I have been a “career-minded” woman since I was a little girl. When I was probably about 10 or 11, I went from house to house in our neighborhood selling my Mom’s used magazines. From that, I went to working at my uncle’s beauty salons in Cleveland, OH. I was responsible from collecting money from the customers and straightening the product shelves. After doing that for a few years, I worked at Franklin Ice Cream store, which I loved because I could eat all the ice cream I wanted. And then into my later teens, I worked at a women’s clothing store.
After I graduated high school, I went right to work in an office. I started out as a Receptionist and worked my way up the administrative ranks for 20 years following. The only break I took was when my daughter was born. I thought I wanted to stay at home, which I did for three months. I realized staying at home was not for me—I needed to be in the workplace. And I haven’t really stopped since, other than vacations and family emergencies.
I always saw myself as having a career, not a job. It was my dream to quickly move up in the administrative arena and work for top executives as soon as possible. I achieved that by the time I was 25.
There is a big difference between a job and a career. There was a great piece published several years ago by Matthew Bender Times called Career Planning: Myths and Realities. As you read them, check your own thinking.