Working in a unique and challenging industry for almost two years has taught me more about life and self-love than any other job or school teacher ever did. The most valuable life lessons are often taught through unexpected circumstances, which is what this job did for me. It taught me that you will always succeed if you have a strong foundation in life. You must respect and love yourself first before achieving any amount of success. When you create something for yourself, you must take full responsibility for failure and understand that failure and success are up to you.
Like many new individuals in this industry, I needed to earn more money to feel financially secure. Finding my new niche was a new, exhilarating feeling of productivity, success, and control over my life. Compared to my mundane jobs, this unconventional career path seemed like a hidden opportunity only the bravest dared to pursue. Following the pack would only produce average results, I thought, but trusting myself enough to carve my path could be monumental. So, with that, I seamlessly transitioned into my new career full-time.
As I chased the exhilarating highs, I slowly allowed my boundaries to be crossed and became emotionally detached from the world around me. I thought, so what? I had financial goals to hit! Who cares if I’m unhappy all the time? You have to make sacrifices to be successful. So sacrifice is what I did. For months, I ignored my needs, boundaries, and peace until the inevitable happened – burnout.
I realized that I was using the excitement of my new career to distract me from older problems that I never acknowledged. I was miserable because I did not know how to love or take care of myself. My sudden success gave me a taste of pride and responsibility that I did not want to throw away. I understood that if I failed, it was by my doing.
It took almost a year of mental struggle for me to accept that I needed to make a change in order to fix my inner turmoil. I decided to take some time off, as I had surpassed my annual financial goal, and my newfound career had lost its initial excitement. I spent time re-evaluating my life and rediscovering my true self. I reconnected with family, made new friends, and started enjoying leisure activities.
As I embraced my new reality and let go of my past career persona, the world seemed open and full of possibilities. I no longer viewed the world as a harsh and dangerous place but as a realm filled with potential. It was up to me to choose what I wanted to do next. I was grounded, and my emotional armor had fallen away.
I decided to return to my career with a new outlook on life. I became more patient and trusting, raised my standards, and focused on protecting my own needs. As a result, I became more engaged and relaxed, attracting and maintaining better connections. I liked this new version of me – someone who understood the value of self-respect and self-love.
In conclusion, my journey taught me numerous lessons that I otherwise might never have learned. Most of us who choose unconventional paths are leaders who go against the grain because we believe in taking charge of our own lives. As a leader, you carry more responsibility, which can seem daunting at first but is also incredibly rewarding. Realizing that I had the responsibility to resolve my turmoil for the sake of my future was one of the most humbling and valuable life lessons I have ever learned.
Today, I value my boundaries between life and work, have actual hobbies that I enjoy, prioritize my health, and see my future goals as attainable. In life, remember that how you do one thing is how you do everything. Open the door you have refused to unlock, and you will discover an entire new realm of possibilities that you may have otherwise let pass you by.
Embracing my true self and prioritizing self-love allowed me to find balance in my life. I learned that success is not just about financial gains, but also about emotional well-being and personal growth. I now understand that true success comes from a holistic approach that takes into account all aspects of our lives.
As I continue to grow and evolve, I am grateful for the lessons I have learned along the way. I have come to appreciate the importance of taking care of myself, setting boundaries, and pursuing my passions. Through these experiences, I have developed a deeper understanding of who I am and what I truly value.
No matter what path you choose in life, remember to prioritize self-love, maintain a strong sense of self, and embrace your unique journey. Your experiences, both positive and negative, will shape who you are and contribute to your growth. Embrace every lesson life has to offer, and remember that loving yourself is the first step towards achieving any level of success.