It Is What It Is
May 14, 2013
I have always loved the saying, "It is what it is," because nothing is more true than that statement. Once all the denying, the blaming or the wondering how it happened are over, what remains is the truth of the situation. It's what you are faced with. It is what is left over. It is what it is.
Let's face it, every career situation we find ourselves in, we can either be prepared, or unprepared for what the outcome will eventually be. Fail to prepare for that next step, and you are actually (unknowingly) preparing for the next step to be prepared for you. You will be pushed like a boat in the wind with no motor. You can control the situation or allow the situation to control you.
In the early days of my career, at one point I was working three jobs. I had a DJ shift on-air (plus production) for minimum wage during the day; I left that every afternoon to go to my evening job at Radio Shack as a salesperson; then on weekends, I worked late-nights in the clubs too. That's three jobs to make ends meet; I kept this up for years Seven days a week. I actually remember what I did on that first day off after several years of working this schedule straight. That day off was incredible and I remember it like yesterday!
The point is that I had to step back and face the fact that I had designed that existence. Working three jobs, always on the run, and shaping the future career. We all pay our dues when starting out; some of us do that for many years. I am happy to this day about working so hard for so many years, and still use many of the things I learned as a Radio Shack salesperson in my everyday business dealings ... same for the nightclub experience, as well as all of the radio stations and characters you run into through the years.
DESIGN YOUR PLAN
Once I sat down and examined it, I realized that I wanted my career to grow, but was not sure how I would do it. That's when I ran into great authors who told me that I could achieve what I wanted to as long as I set my mind to it. They showed me the steps. I was in a position where I had set my mind to working hard and gathering as much experience as possible.
After taking a serious look at it, I was doing a lot of busy work, with no time off for years, but I wasn't focused in on what I wanted to accomplish to get to the next level in my career. It was a focus issue. Doing the daily grind just took over and I had failed to look at my career objectively, like someone else would have.
So I gave up the retail business to focus on learning everything possible about radio. With evenings free and no more Radio Shack job, I went backward in paycheck, but forward in preparing for the next challenge on the career path.
Put on your design hat. You want to design your career! Decide first what you want to accomplish. Then back into it by asking yourself if what you are doing (or planning to do) is moving you CLOSER TO or FURTHER AWAY FROM your next goal. The answer may surprise you - but it is what it is.
Answering that one simple question will move your career to new heights. Good luck on your great career adventure!