Are you "happy" with your job? I used to think I needed to be happy in what I do and my previous boss used to tell me "Happy is a state of mind." I didn't know what he meant. I still don't. Doesn't matter. In the end, why I left was because my job had reached a dead-end. Nothing new to learn. No more challenge...except trying to handle the stress and pressure, which were made worse and worse due to the ill-fated economy that was coming and is still here. There was just no room for creation and innovation anymore. So little money to afford those wonderful things.
So about a little over 3 years ago, I quit that job and started Paco+Lupe. Little did I know that we were going to be in this state of economic crisis just a few years after. Should I have stayed and endured until the recession passes? Ah, that's the hypothetical question. It is useless to think about that, really, so I don't. Moving forward...
Owning your own business has its ups and downs, of course. I am not where I want to be...YET...I have a vision and that's what I am focusing on. But am I happy now? Yes I am! Because I am hungry and I am foolish.
When I was working at the library of my university to make some money stacking books and journals back on their shelves, I ran into The Whole Earth Catalog. Just out of curiosity, I started reading some of their articles. Kind of seem archaic compare to Google, right? Or was this the start of Google? Hmmm. Anyway, on the back cover of an issue, there was a picture of a road and the words above it said "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish". To be honest, I had no idea what that meant either back then...too young too naive...
...until I've experienced more and more. I remember this phrase when it is appropriate and necessary to remember it. Does that make sense? The phrase may mean different things to you but to me, it meant to never settle, to live life as full as you can and to not be afraid to seek what seems impossible to most. You find your own meaning.
NOW the fun part of this blog. FINALLY! you say. I want to hear what your perfect job is/will be if money, location, age, sex, etc... is no object. And, here's the hook, who ever has the most interesting answer will get a free 4-wine bottle tote bag (profit I would have made will still go to a global conservation organization). You've got until next Saturday, January 23 to leave a comment. If your comment is not published, no worries, I may be offline.
So, tell me...what is your perfect job?
Oh, and, yes, please don't forget to leave an email so I can contact you should you win le big prize!
UPDATE: January 24,2010 - Read this post to see who the winner is.