My current season of life reminds me so much of where my HR career journey began. I guess everything comes full circle whether we realize it or not.
Seven years ago, Adam and I made the decision to move to New Mexico to pursue our dream careers. It was a decision that I knew was right and one that we had to make in order to meet our goals. That doesn’t mean I was happy about it! I knew it would be hard, but I didn’t anticipate how hard it was until I got there. I had to endure months of working at a job I hated with every fiber in my body, in a town I hated just as much, with zero friends or family.
You might be wondering how it reminds me of my current season of life. Simple, it’s called the pursuit of SUCCESSFUL entrepreneurship. I’m currently doing something that I love and am passionate about and get to spend time with friends and family. What could be better? That’s easy, making it happen overnight! But that’s not reality, entrepreneurship takes persistence and hard work.
When we moved to New Mexico, I relentlessly pursued an HR job that I wasn’t qualified for by introducing myself totally unannounced to the Chief Human Resources Officer of the local hospital. Then I created a customized recruitment plan for the hospital, then I interviewed for 2 months, yes 2 MONTHS before finally getting the job.
From that day forward, I gave it my all so much so that they offered me the vacant Chief Human Resources Officer position. If you consistently show up and give it your best you WILL REAP THE REWARDS. I never ended up taking that job because 2 years without friends and family really puts things into perspective, so we moved back to Michigan.
The lesson I learned is be brave, act courageously, walk the extra mile, practice PATIENCE, and never give up, for someday it’ll all be worth it!