“Start before you’re ready.”
I saw this short but thought-provoking quote this week on Instagram. It stopped me in my tracks. There’s so many things that I can apply this to. One, thinking about retirement someday. If I last 5 more years working a 9-5 job, I’ll be surprised. It’s not that I don’t like working, I love it! It’s not that I’m not physically capable either. But I’ll be damned if I wait until I’m 65 or 69 to retire. So, I’m making plans early to be able to retire before the usual age. I still plan to work, but on my time and my choice and my passion. That’s where number 2 comes in.
I have been a leader/manager/supervisor/boss for many years now. I have a lot of genuine experiences and advice that I want to share. So, I’m starting Robin’s Nest now. I’m not sure yet what it will turn into, but it will be some sort of consulting/career coaching type of business. I’m not looking to get rich, just pay a few bills or pay for traveling. I want to help people-help them succeed, help them be positive, help them wade through the mad world we call work. I’ve always enjoyed mentoring employees. I always encouraged people who worked for me to do what they love, and to always move to higher goals in the workplace.
I had two epiphanies recently. One was after a successful interview that I was sitting in on, and realized how much I loved the process, and how much experience I’ve had at it. (I estimate that I’ve interviewed over 2500 people in my career) The second one was another experience on the job that I had. One of the best ever. I was working as a vendor at a show, selling books. My youngest daughter came to help me. First time we’ve ever worked together in a professional capacity and the first time she’s been old enough to finally appreciate what I do. (Among many things at work, I am also a bookseller) I guess I have some customer service talent and the gift of gab, because at one point, my daughter, the young woman I want to inspire most, said to me, “Mom, you are in your element. I’m totally stunned.” That statement, needless to say, meant the world to me. It gave me the motivation to finally do what I want to do. I’m not ready yet. But I’m starting, getting things into place, building a brand, looking at options, researching etc. Some day, Robin’s Nest will be my little niche in the world.