I recently posted a short article titled, “Stop applying to jobs and searching job site post things and start #PersonalBranding” in a jobseeker forum via LikedIn and was surprisingly overwhelmed by the amount of positive feedback I received from my fellow peers. In the article I discuss my experience so far, #26weeks currently, in my job search. I, like many other Americans, am a prime example of the millennial generation today LOST in a pool of unemployed or underemployed college graduate.
It took me just over 10 years to officially complete college but I NEVER gave up, I always went back, because I knew from being told as a child that I could be anything I wanted to be at his moms I put my heart and soul, blood sweat and tears and followed through. I gained a husband and three children during those years that I am forever grateful for however I never lost that little voice inside me that do you I had the potential to become so much more, it just wasn’t my time yet. Now I struggle with high interest-rates, a pile of student loan debt, a bachelor’s degree (that’s pretty much equivalent of a high school diploma now) then I worked so hard for; after 10 weeks of nonstop applying to jobs, posting my resume to company site I realized that I couldn’t even get anybody to answer the phone, get an interview, or even take me serious (I have 15+ years in the service industry) let alone offer me a position!!!
Something had to change and that’s when I started #PersonalBranding myself. I’ve had a lot of people ask how I’ve managed to grow my network over 2000 people and actually become sought out by multiple companies at once ACCIDENTLY?? How did I network, what did I actually say and do to arrange all these coffee dates and phone calls with so many professionals in all levels of business, both blue-collar and white, and expand my network so rapidly? I started my LinkedIn account in September but really wasn’t able to put in my full effort until January, so honestly, even I admit to being very surprised at how fast my network expanded exponentially so easily to me… It was then I realized or maybe fully comprehended the fact that social media, and the logistics to working it as a machine comes naturally easy to me, I guess I didn’t really know that it was quite the rare quality and something many people face challenges with daily but I also truly believe anyone can do this, they just don’t have the right tools!! Well, I have simple as that works for me that I’d like to share with you.
I decided I better take a step back from applying for jobs that I don’t really want to do anyway start learning about jobs that I didn’t want to do. My degree is in business management with emphasis on marketing communication and I knew I wanted to be with a company that was fast pace, highly competitive; Money motivated, but also well respected by fellow business professional and would be able to either create or lead me to another job where I can actually have the lifestyle that I created. I found some advertising agencies and I can’t found some marketing firm and I started interviewing, like nonstop, for jobs I didn’t even want! But I looked at it as practice for the future, but more importantly a learning opportunity. People would ask me simple questions like what company do I work for or what kind of job are you looking for and it wasn’t until I actually had to answer the question that I realized I didn’t really know a whole lot about any of the companies in my area let alone what any of the role descriptions would be in for a job like advertising or marketing so the more people I met with the more information or data that I had to use when I made decisions. I also took a sweetie very seriously in regard to the impression that I left on the person and any advice they would give me. I was hoping you someway that these meetings would eventually help me find a job and/or land a career, but all they actually did was teach me about all the jobs I definitely didn’t want to do and all the reasons why I would hate to work there, and I don’t even know if I knew that’s what was happening but in retrospect the most valuable lesson I took from that was I was able to learn more about MYSELF!! You’d be surprised how fast you can narrow down your target skill set and desired industry area once you start crossing off all the positions that you’re qualified for (and probably can do) but do NOT provide an enjoyable environment to be, not only financially successful, but happy, passionate, and creative in. I mean initially that’s everybody’s end goal, right? Do what you love, so you love what you do because we can all be anything we want to be (as was taught all through childhood) as long as we put the time and effort in… So, now I have defined my talents, know my PASSION, and am insanely INSPIRED to follow my dreams….
… & thus: SoPac, Inc. was born! I am in SOCIAL IMPACT BRANDING and when people ask what that means, I tell them exactly what it says. This a solution to a problem people don’t understand they even have and I am currently in process of building my company from the ground up bootstrapping all the way! #SocialBranding #TackleTheWorld
I felt a real strong connection to this video, not because I am an athlete or like pain, but because as a mother of three constant shadows that follow my every move. I am no different than many of the “Teen Mom’s” out there, sure I was a little older but I still was shocked when I found out at age 20 I was going to be another statistic of unplanned pregnancies to unwed mothers. I knew from the moment I decided I was going to be a MOM that I was not going to follow the stereotype and join the welfare retirement plan. I was going to beat the odds….
Now to the point of my story… My second child was born via emergency C-section almost 3 months early (29.2 weeks) not by choice, but because my body wasn’t doing what it was supposed to. I was scared, vulnerable, and at the mercy of the doctors and nurses guidance; I did everything they told me to because they knew best… or so I thought. Fast forward again to my last pregnancy, the thought of heading into labor again was treacherous not knowing how it would go. Would I be able to deliver? Would I have to have a C-section again or worse push for over 2 hours like my first child? And then it hit me, I will do what I choose because I am in CONTROL of my body and I am the one who knows what is BEST for MY BODY. I finally stopped listening to everyone else and looked to myself for the answers. Researching and learning became my only outlet to the outside world during my third round of bedrest; I realized the fear was my own response to the unknown which meant the outcome would be at the mercy again of those around me. F*** that, I am in control, I know what is best and I know what my body is doing better than anyone and that when I took charge.
I told the nurses and doctors how this was going to go.
I CHOSE to embrace the pain, because I knew the pain was only a response to the baby preparing for birth. The more pain I would feel only meant the more progress my body was making towards the end goal, delivering my baby. I also decided the more time I spent standing or walking meant the more work gravity would do for me. So when I finally arrived at the hospital noticeably in labor, the reception desk asked right away if I wanted a wheelchair to help with my mobility, I reminded myself the more pain meant more progress and I was not going to make the labor process last any longer than it had to; so my response was “No way, wheelchairs are for quitters!”
When I was just about fully dilated and the doctors had given me an epidural, I knew she was ready to come but my body said not quite yet. I wanted to let gravity help so when the doctors told me I couldn’t stand or even sit up because of the medicine, I said “Watch me” and got up on my knees on the hospital bed and let gravity do its work… They told me it was time to push and I said I tell you when it’s time… waited for my body to relay the progress to my brain and when I could feel her at the base of my hips I said, “Ok, I’m ready”…. 8 minutes and 3 pushes later, there SHE was, perfect as can be and I was on cloud 9. I was up and walking in a few hours and out of the hospital headed home just 26 hours after birth, NOTHING like my previous experiences. I felt like superwoman and remember asking myself how did you do that…. Because I CHOSE to was the obvious answer.
It’s only now, 22 months later, that I realize what I really can apply what I learned from out of that experience. I can do anything I want, within reason and logic, there is always a way to get there it’s on YOU though, to find the path that leads there. My future is not a statistic, or some previously created destiny, my future is what I make of it. I CHOSE to defy the odds, and followed my dream because I stopped listening to everyone else or caring what they thought of me and started listening to my inner voice.
I CAN DO ANYTHING with determination, will, and perseverance; those were the values I have always carried I just never applied those values to my decision making process. I have that mindset of embrace the pain, (bring it on) because success is on the other side of that pain. I found potential I never realized I had, I am embracing my talents and my true self with disregard to surrounding influences and you know what? It’s working… I still haven’t landed the dream job yet or become a recognized success but I AM making progress!
I am learning more about myself than ever before and CHOOSING what to do with the new information I learn from my peers and mentors instead of just doing what they said. I feel stronger than ever and ready to face any challenges that come my way, because I KNOW this struggle and the pain of the unknown is only temporary and my success is right on the other side…
Find what drives you to be successful and embrace it!! The roadblocks and challenges you’ll face along the way are the growing pains to be successful, don’t try to avoid them or go around them. Face them head on and come out successful on the other side; the struggle is real and will never fade. CHOOSE to remember that the pain is only temporary, but the success is permanent