According to a study done by Gallup, 87 percent of workers worldwide “are emotionally disconnected from their workplace and less than likely to be productive.” Until about two weeks ago I can safely say that I was a part of that 87 percent. I came from a company of double work, unrealistic expectations, political turmoil, and constant criticism, but like many, I was terrified of leaving my position.
My job was my security blanket, the relationship I loved to hate. I knew that I was at a standstill in my career and I knew that in 10 years I would be nowhere close to being the millionaire I wanted myself to be. I was miserable, but the security and ease that my position offered was enough to keep me stuck for three years. And here lies my point, I was doing what 87 percent of people worldwide do—I was just surviving, no longer taking risks, no longer pushing myself, just working day in and day out towards nothing.
I don’t know what it takes for people to decide to move on from misery. I had a breakdown over, from what I can recall now, absolutely nothing, but it was exactly what I needed to get me out the door. I went on an interview at a great little company called Hawke Media and landed the job. But with the excitement came the fear. I went from a billion dollar corporation to a start-up, went from having 500 coworkers just in my location alone to having six colleagues.
People looked at me like I was crazy when I told them I was moving on and thought I was even crazier when they learned I turned down the offer of a raise to coax me to stay. It was all a risk for me and still is, but I have never felt more intrigued by a group of people or as supported as I do in my new role.
I suppose you could say my message is not ever to stop taking risks. If I hadn’t stepped out of my comfort zone I would still be stuck and unhappy. I now see so many opportunities that I never saw at my previous employer. I am excited to be a part of this growing company and to work my ass off to help it reach its full potential. For once, I am feeling inspired again. I’m not saying walk out on your job today, but I am saying take the necessary steps to move forward in your life and be happy. Stop being afraid of the unknown; you never know what amazing things are right on the other side of that.