Sunday, February 06, 2005

Corporate America and Writing

Something happened recently that just confirmed my feelings about Corporate America. A mentor of mine resigned from her position at her company. I realize I don’t know all the reasons why she did it and she very well could have her own personal reasons but I do know this and that’s that she gave 150% or more to her job every day. She was passionate and she tried so hard to make everyone feel as passionate and excited about coming to work each day. But something happened along the way, like it so often does when you are climbing the Corporate ladder, and she was being forced to make decisions that I don’t think (and this is me purely thinking and not knowing for a fact) she believed in. I don’t think she completely agreed with the “plan” so she resigned. Then she was asked to leave that same day, rather than wait the usual week or two that most people get. That was sad and unfair because people then thought that she was fired. This, after twenty plus years of service.

What all this makes me think about is that no matter how much you give to a company, especially a powerful one, they will never give you anything in return. And most importantly of all, you CAN NOT place your trust in Corporate America. Gone are the days when people worked hard for years for one company in hopes of a great retirement package.

I believe now. even more than ever, that my success and wealth will not be in the hands of Corporate America! Sorry to sound trite, but I believe in the saying, “If it is to be, it’s up to ME.”

I will work for Corporate America purely for what’s in it for me. I’ll work for it as long as it makes me happy and I can give it my best. When I’m unhappy it’s time for me to bid adieu.

I know that the main reason I can’t give my writing the attention it deserves is that I still like my job too much. I enjoy what I do and I realize how fortunate I am to have a job I like and to be paid well to do it. But when this job stops making me happy and I don’t feel fulfilled any more I will have to look for a change.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

I'm Tired and It's Late

Too long without an entry. I’m so tired. I went to bed really late and tried to get up early because I want to start getting to work between 8-8:30 so I can start leaving at 5 whenever possible to exercise. Now I’m getting to bed late again but that’s only because I just got the baby off to sleep and Rey is barely taking a shower and I need to go in after him.

I know I have a lot to write about but since I’m tired and I don’t have any time I’ll leave it for another day.