I have to tell you a story.
At my old job, my first and definitely only 9-5 I’ll ever work, my boss called a meeting to boost team morale. With about 12 LA employees sitting around the Manhattan Beach conference room table, our CEO paid us a visit, PowerPoint and all. A few slides in, he began to build an analogy of what our unmatched, profound marketing optimization software was comparable to. A rocket ship, maybe? An iconic mathematician, perhaps? No, friends. It was comparable to his bright orange Lamborghini.
HIS. OWN. LAMBO.
The engine, the horse power, the custom interior leather, he boasted, was comparable to the unprecedented accomplishments of our marketing software. My great friend and co-worker at the time (we have since both left) immediately locked eyes and suppressed any sort of less-than-inspired reaction. I messaged her on our company chat platform saying, “Wow, I’m touched. Me and my 1999 Honda CR-V can totally relate.”
HONESTLY, THIS WAS THE MOMENT I KNEW I WAS IN THE WRONG PLACE.
Chipping away at someone else’s multiple mortgages & luxury car payments, all the while feeling SO disconnected from the company’s mission that I would often cry on the way home more days than not. NO THANKS. I remember calling my mom that day and deciding, okay. It’s time to take my side business and run with it. I downloaded and absorbed all the motivational podcasts I could find, calculated how many more months I could get by with the savings I had, and put in my two weeks notice not long after.
Now, I wake up every morning and do as I please. (Which is working a lot because I have goals). I travel as I want, I workout as I need, and I go to sleep every night knowing I’m chipping away at no one’s dreams but my own. Don’t get me wrong, it can be extremely challenging at times.
OWNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS IS FAR FROM BEING BUTTERFLIES AND RAINBOWS, BUT IT’S SO SO WORTH IT TO ME.
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Jenna Renee Hoffman is an award-winning Photographer, Videographer, & Marketing Ace. She started JenRenPro after being unhappy in her 9-5 and deciding to quit.
Jenna loves helping individuals, couples & families celebrate milestones with beautiful photos, and assisting small businesses in revving their digital marketing presences.