Last week, I had an epiphany. I was reading “Maximum Achievement” by Brian Tracy, and one quote from the book really resonated with me:
Fully 80 percent of people working today would rather be doing something else, and 84 percent of them, by their own admission, feel they are working below, even far below, their potential.
When I read that quote, I started bawling, because that quote describes me perfectly. I would definitely rather be doing something else, and I know I’m working far below my potential.
I’m not really sure how I got to this point in my life — I graduated from college in 1997 with a Bachelor’s degree in French. My goal was to teach it to high school students. I worked at a fast food restaurant for a little over a year after graduation, before I finally got my first (and last) teaching position, teaching French at a private school in Darlington, South Carolina. When I started teaching, I found it even harder than when I went through student teaching in college, because I was teaching all grades including high school. Probably the hardest grades for me to teach were the 7th and 8th graders because they were just starting to go through puberty and most of them had attitudes. I asked for help from fellow teachers and some of them gave me some, but it wasn’t enough. I ended up losing the job. After that, I worked in different retail positions for a few years before I decided to back to school and get my Associates’ degree in Paralegal Studies. I was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, an honors society for students going to two-year colleges, and graduated with honors. After I graduated though, I had a hard time finding a job because very few companies want to hire someone who doesn’t have experience. So I went back to working in retail.
That lasted until 2003 when I found my first work from home job at West Telemarketing, now called Alorica. I’ve worked in various work from home jobs ever since then; most have been telephone customer service jobs, but I’ve also done some freelance writing and transcription. In 2010, I decided to get my medical transcription certificate and try to find a work from home medical transcription job . The medical field has always interested me, and I type well, so I thought this would be a good fit for me. It took me a little over a year to go through the course; when I graduated I tried finding a work from home medical transcription job, but ran into the same problem again — every company I applied to wanted someone with experience.
This lead me to my current work from home job which I’ve been working at for the last 7 years, at a company that does interviews with people who have applied for coverage with different life and health insurance companies. I’m thankful for the job; I’ve been able to accomplish some pretty big goals because of it, including paying off back taxes, getting myself in better shape, improving my credit, and last year my husband and I bought a house.
But still, I feel like I’m working below my potential, so I decided to start working on some of the goals on my bucket list, including writing my memoir. Over the next several weeks, you’ll find out about some of the challenges I’ve faced, and how I’ve overcome them. I’d love to hear your feedback because I eventually hope to publish these stories on Amazon.
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