From the Boardroom to the Hen House
I shared recently I took the longest scenic route possible to obtain a degree I didn't want, while accumulating debt that held me down, to work jobs I could hardly stand.
That's the cliff notes version.
I always did well in my various positions, as any annual performance review would attest, but I suffered through them almost daily.
I've no doubt I can do most things well, but there are absolutely tasks and assignments that are not at all in my wheelhouse. Not only did I lack the motivation to do them, in some cases I lacked the ability!
A frustrating add to the mix was others were doing things I wanted to do, but they weren't assigned to me. And those they were assigned to didn't want to do them, or couldn't do them as well as I could.
So all of us - as a team - suffered through our workday.
It was one such day when I sat through a two-hour executive meeting where nothing was accomplished save for some venting and finger-pointing, when I put my head in my hands and thought, "This can't be how I'll spend the prime of my life."
I saw this video of Tripp & Tyler's "A Conference Call In Real Life" and laughed so hard I cried... because it was so accurate. Too accurate.
...and I didn't want that to be how I spent the rest of my career.
Fast forward several years, and I've become an old pro as a virtual assistant. This work is absolutely my wheel house, and I'm motivated and excited to work each day.
I don't just love what I do, though. I also love how I spend my time.
I don't suffer through executive bored, I mean, board meetings. I spend my time writing, marketing, and interacting with inspiring, dedicated individuals.
Rather than team members having their roles defined by their positions, I'm part of teams where roles are assigned to the people who are most talented at executing them.
People are performing in their strengths and their abilities rather than simply doing what's delegated to them.
I'm spending my time effectively and efficiently doing work that matters to me. Not only that, but I have more time.
I'm working part-time hours (and still contributing a full-time income to my family), getting more work done in less time, and have the luxury of spending more time with my family... and my chickens.
Yes, folks. I moved from the boardroom to the hen house, and I couldn't be happier. I have the flexibility to create a schedule that accommodates my family, my clients, and my household responsibilities.
I homeschool our children, we homestead on our little plot of prairie, and I have the freedom to nurture each pocket of time for work, family, and play.
Working virtually is the life for me, as much as my green acres. Even if I do still experience these kind of video meeting calls from time to time...
What would it take for you to leave the meeting room, and spend more time in the living room?