It's been about four weeks. Four Fridays about my boss called me into his office at 4pm to let me know that would be my last day of work. It wasn't about performance, it was purely a budget decision. I was numb, silent and all I could think about was packing up my desk and making it to my 6:30 haircut appointment.
Being let go from a steady source of income you know you need to survive is never easy, but how you deal with that setback I feel makes all the difference. I used that first weekend to process my new predicament, but to also forget about it. I know that following Monday I would hit the ground running in reaching out to folks and setting up my next great comeback. In this time I also have taken a deep breathe to appreciate not having commitments. Instead of waking up each day to go into a job I wasn't all that motivated about I make myself breakfast each day, I dedicate at least an hour of my day to the gym and on top of applying for new jobs I reach out to family and loved ones. It's been the simple reminder that you have to stop once in a while to smell the roses before their all dead.
Life went on after my job dissolved and life will continue as well. In the past four weeks I've had about six serious phone calls and locked down two interviews that I feel great about. I choose to claim the victory in this time of the unexpected. What else do I have to lose?
In the past four weeks there is no doubt in my mind that it's been one of the best things for me. It's a time to reconnect with myself and check myself. For a half of a second I was down, but I will never be out.
It's easy to go to a place every week, sit down to receive a set of directions and sort go through the motions. Sometimes it easiest to fall into a routine, and play it safe in fear of the unknown. Millions of people do it week in and week out at a place called church. The harder part to do is to listen to what the pastor is actually saying, internalize it and apply it to your everyday life. It's easy to hear 'love thy neighbor even when they're wrong', but when someone bumps into you in the street are you actually showing them love in your response or are you doing the total opposite?
The pastor's theme for this year at my home church in Harlem, New York this year is "The Year of the Doer." This can mean a number of things, but to me this means there's no time to waste, there is no better time than now to get something done. This is the year I got a new job, I am building a stronger relationship with God and I am strengthening already pre-existing relationships in my everyday life. I encourage anyone I come in contact with to inherit the mantra, "The year of the doer" because it truly brings the best out in people. Too often do we choose to put things off or hold ourselves back. We need to push ourselves for the ultimate achievement.
This year I took a step out on faith by leaving my secure job at NBC and taking a job at A&E Networks as a Manager of Social Media for a new digital space under the History brand called, "History Now." I did not know what to expect, but I did know that God was on my side and when I have him anything is possible. Now three months later I could not be happier with my decision. Certainly there are things I miss about NBC in the people and processes and most importantly the food, but I also have been growing so much in my new role. No longer and I micro-managed in getting things done, but instead I come up with content and I maintain a new entity. In many ways History Now is my baby and I am willing to go to bat for it. I want this to be something great and really become something I am proud of and people can for a sense of inspiration and I know that's what it will become.
In the year of the doer it's time to step out on faith and believe in what you hear on Sunday morning. In the year of the doer it's time to sacrifice in the short term for a long term gain. In the year of the doer it's time to start doing and believing. I'm ready to do, are you?
lives by one word: achievement. in anything and everything, achieve.