Since 2004 my world of work has changed dramatically for me.
For the last two and a half years I’ve worked from home as a self- employed trainer, consultant and author following my career of over 35 years in administration and management in the National Health Service (NHS).
Just a few musings about three years ago and now
Then – I had a boss
Now – I am my own boss
Then – Had set duties whether or not I liked them
Now – Only do work I enjoy
Then – Had set hours
Now – Work whenever I like
Then – Judged by bosses
Now – Judged by customers
Then – De-motivated, bored, tired and stale
Now – Enthusiastic, passionate keen to make a difference
Then – Uncertain about my future
Now – Looking forward to being 110 years old
Then – Not in love
Now – Very much in love
Then - Unhappy in my work
Now – Totally content in my work
Another huge issue is that I used to receive a healthy monthly salary that was guaranteed for me for another 12 years in the NHS if I had stayed.
Now I have no guarantee whatsoever of income each month and yet I love my new world of work much more than my old world of work.
Since I left the NHS I have received income from work every month and I have no regrets about leaving an 'apparent comfort blanket' of secure employment. That 'blanket' was not comfortable at all I assure you.
If you are fed up and wondering whether to jump from corporate life I would never tell you to go for it – I am not that arrogant. It must of course be your decision.
I would only say in my experience it worked for me and the reality was far less threatening than my fears about it before I made the jump.
Have OPTIMISM, ENTHUSIASM and most of all have FAITH in your own ability - that has been my biggest single learning point.