I “quit” my job 10 weeks ago today. I left the world of business casual, 9 to 5’s and expense reports and traded it in for a pair of construction boots.
Ever since I was little, I wanted to be CEO of my own company. I formulated this idea in my head that a CEO worked in a high rise building, drove a BMW and worked 60 hours a week. I created this future for myself based on stereotypes of what I thought a CEO was. So after I graduated I got myself a job that I thought would take me down that path. I dressed formal and acted formal. I buttoned myself up and threw myself at my job. I became so involved mentally and emotionally that it dominated my outlook and mood.
Sometimes all it takes is some distance to gain some perspective. Removed from that world I now see that I can create my own idea of what a CEO is. I don’t have to follow this rigid path and take it so serious. I am at a point in my life where I have realized that I don’t need to grow up so quickly. At 23 years old I don’t need to be working 50 hours a week and dread going to work. I need to focus on enjoying my early 20’s. I don’t want to ever look back and think that I wasted being 23 by living for my job. I want to live for myself.
With all of that said, I am still going to be CEO of my own company someday. My dreams has not changed. But I know realize I can achieve them in a different way. Working at my family’s little construction company has given me a new sense of hope and excitement for the future. I am my own boss and it is entirely up to me to make this business a success. And as scary as that is, it’s twice as exciting. I have the opportunity to grow this business and who knows, maybe someday I will be CEO of this not-so-little construction company.