October 8th was the one year anniversary of my exodus from Corporate America. It is my Freedomversary. I can’t believe it has been a year. The year has gone by quickly. I remember it like it was yesterday. I had just returned from Connie Ragen Green’s Weekend Marketer Live event in Manhattan Beach, CA. Not only had I attended the event, but I had the opportunity to speak as well. My talk was on Google Analytics and I had really connected with the audience. I was very excited and couldn’t wait to get home to get started implementing the new things I learned.
I had just finished a very challenging contract right before I left for my trip. I was eager to get started with my next assignment and close out the previous one. I retuned home on a Tuesday and my world was turned upside down on that Thursday. At 3 PM on October 8, 2015, I received a call from my supervisor that I was being laid off immediately. I would be paid for the next two weeks, but as of now, I had been relieved of my duties. I was in shock. I had never been laid off. I had always been the employee that went the extra mile and did whatever it took to get the job done. I had worked so many hours on this contract that just ended. I sacrificied so many things for this job and other jobs that I had in the past. Just like that, it was over.
My plan was to leave the corporate world but not exactly at that time. It was the beginning of 4th quarter, I was really going to hit it hard with my Amazon business to give me some cushion. Well that was all out of the window. To give insult to injury, my benefits would end on October 8th instead of the end of the month. In all the other jobs that I have had over my career, benefits will continue until the end of the month. At first I had a range of emotions, anger, disbelief, fear, sadness and panic.
I then realized that this was not the worst thing that had happened to me. I have lost both of my parents and this is the most devasting thing that has happened in my life. With the encouragement of my family, friends and mentor, I decided that I would not look for another job. This would start my journey as a full-time entrepreneur. I believe that this was God’s way of getting me out of a stressful situation that was slowly killing me physically and emotionally.
I now completely embrace my new normal as a full-time entreprenuer that has gotten out of the rat race, control my own destiny and no longer trade time for dollars. I will not say that it has been easy or it is not stressful at times but it is a different kind of stress. Everything hasn’t gone perfectly but I would not trade it for the world.
I am blessed to be able to celebrate my Freedomversary. If this is something that you desire, then don’t give up on your dream. You need to work on your business everyday even if you only have limited time. You may have to give up television, going out or other things that take up your time. Believe me, in the end, it is worth it.
If you are interested in leaving the corporate world behind, then there are various ways to earn additional streams of income. You can become an affiliate marketer, online marketer, author or information product creator. You can also start an ecommerce business. I currently have all of these streams of income.
October 8, 2015 started a new chapter in my life that I thank God for everyday. I am so passionate about helping others create their own Freedomversary. If you want to leave the corporate world behind, please leave a comment and let me know your struggles so that I can help you obtain your freedom.