(originally written in 2010)
Ran into an old friend this week. We worked together in the middle-years of my radio career, in the late 1990’s. He’s one of the good guys.
As we exchanged hearty handshakes and smiles, he told me he had recently celebrated his 25th anniversary at the radio station. Not 25 years in radio, but 25 years at the same..radio..station. For those not familiar with the industry, to accomplish this carries the same probability as being struck by lightning, while being bitten by a shark, on the same day you win the lottery.
He explained that, the day after his anniversary, he walked into work and looked around with a realization: he was just not ‘fired up’ about being there anymore. While he was very successful, the flame of passion for his job had been reduced to fading embers.
In his early 50’s, with a secure job (as secure as a job can be in the radio industry anyway), he decided to give his notice and make a change.
Something different. Something better. Something to re-ignite his passion.
He visited the boss’s office and shared his decision. He was asked what his plan was. There wasn’t one. He was encouraged to go back to his office and think it over. He did, then returned to the boss’s office. Same decision.
With the love and support of his family, several months later he packed up his office, shook hands all around and walked away from the place that had been his work life until that moment.
Where many would have panicked: he lived, he breathed, he dreamed, he loved.
As he handed me his new business card, he smiled. He is now the Vice-President of a major-league local advertising agency.
I asked him if he is happy.
We should all be this happy
Paul, I am very proud of you.
Best wishes for continued success, my friend!
A note to you, the reader: How happy are you at your current career? Is it merely ‘paying the bills’, or are you genuinely passionate? If not, what would you rather be doing, if money were no object? Is there a chance to begin making that activity part of your life, even in a small way? No need to quit your current job to make a jump, but you can taste the juice of life today, and savor the flavor. It could be the best decision of your life…it you let it.
Got a Facebook message from Paul on Saturday, asking me to call him. As I dialed in from the highway, I could hear it in his voice: something BIG had happened.
He asked if I remembered the original article (above). I did.
He then informed me that he is now 100% owner and CEO of the advertising agency (Mann Advertising in Manchester NH).
WOW!!! I was so excited to hear this! It seems there was an opportunity to step up and realize this great step forward. He saw it, he took it, and he made something BIG happen.
I can’t wait to see where the journey takes you next!
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