Lately, I’ve been thinking about my goals and what I want to accomplish in life. I’m 23 years old and have a full time job supporting the pre & post sale process in broadcast media. Many times, I can’t help but think … is this it? Obviously I plan to grow within the media industry, but will I work a 9 to 5 for the rest of my life? Call me crazy, but I don’t think it’s for me.. That can’t be all to life, right?
I wouldn’t say I love my job, but I don’t hate it either.. I’ve been at ION Media Networks a year now (You know, the television network that plays all Criminal Minds, Law & Order and Blue Bloods reruns) At first it was cool to say, but now I’m kind of over it. Why? Because my soul isn’t happy! The self fulfillment is gone. And my happiest days working there are during lunch when I’m with my coworkers getting drinks or when it’s pay day and that direct deposit hits!
We live in a day in age where entrepreneurship and self branding is in! Everyone and I mean everyone I know has realized working for someone else isn’t always the best. Many people I’ve grown up with have started their own small business. Hair, makeup, clothing lines, even selling edibles 🤷🏾♀️ … I applaud those people! They’ve taken the time, put in the dedication and worked to brand themselves.
However, being successful in your own business is what worries me. In my opinion, it comes down to your network. A brand can’t be successful if you don’t know the people who will invest in your dreams right? I’m at the stage of my life where I would like to hop on this bandwagon of entrepreneurship and self branding. But I’m contemplating what’s best for me. Even if I were to go into entrepreneurship, it need to be self fulfilling! Yeah the pre-taxed money is cool. But if it doesn’t make the soul happy, what’s the point?
Many people are so worried about securing the bag, they forget they need to secure the soul as well.
I’ve spoke to my younger brother about this and he’s helped me brainstorm a few ideas. I even have friends who’ve provided me with insight and ideas. It wasn’t until Monday, where I came to the conclusion that writing a book is for me. I have so many thoughts on a daily basis.. I just need to put it into writing. This is obviously something that would take time, maybe even years. But the thought I can become a published author is something very exciting for me. Knowing I could impact someone with my words, fiction or non fiction would bring joy to my heart. I have the potential, I just need to put it to action.
The goal now is to get started.. which is the toughest part. This is something I’m becoming passionate about day by day and I’m truly happy just thinking about it. Sure the first book might not be successful, but you keep going after that. I’m not sure if any of you have written a book or would like to provide insight, but it’d be greatly appreciated. Share your thoughts, I’m open to listening!