Get yourself some popcorn, this is going to be LONG!
While attached with an IT giant as their Technical Manager, I implemented a end user quality support grid and a workforce management system across the company globally. Also I splurged on the bar next door (maxed out 2 credit cards at least 3 times in a few months).
In 2013, the company had declared some losses and needed to call out measures for cost savings. The obvious measures was reduce workforce. I was the last manager hired, so I was the first target on the chopping despite the effort I had put in.
Well since I was jobless with a few maxed out credit cards and no savings, I had to take up the first job offer that came up my way during the economic slowdown. I pretty much had to start all over again from scratch with a 75% pay cut, and survived on instant noodles for sometime to clear out some credit card debts and to stretch out some debts to avoid bankruptcy.
I cleared my credit cards and took up a new job as a manager, leading the biggest departments in the organization. Years later there was a political struggle among the top leaders and I was sucked into this power struggle.
Hating the thought of the power struggle(I completely dislike office politics), I gave up and moved to another leader in the service industry, again running the biggest department within the whole organization in the country. I loved the adrenaline rush of setting up several new businesses for the department, constant problems and rush, collaboration with other departments. Together with a trusted team we structured a very successful operations. There are colleagues and staffs who till date that appreciate me for the culture I had designed together with the team. Being with this team was as though I was involved every aspect of the organization except payroll and marketing. I loved my job!😍.
There was ONE (Just one! 😒) time during my history with the company I had a breakdown which impacted work life (Never has this happened in all my career). I lost momentum for a short time span which was a little too long before being able pull myself back up. There was already a change in top leadership by the time I could pull myself back up. Together with the change came a new vision from driving a successful business to protecting and growing a clan of friends. Despite efforts to move me out as well and replace me with someone within the circle I still held on.
With everything that was happening, for the weirdest reason I found myself on a 1 week Silent Spiritual Retreat in Thailand (Something I ‘now’ recommend to everyone), personally this was the best break I have ever had in my entire life.
It was here that I realized that
- 75% of my friends are from my work network.
- Most my interactions with another human has been about work itself.
- I have
- Only been working for the money and career and not to live.
- Always been insecure with my job and career, with the fear of losing it.
- Not lived a day since I started working.
- Not done all the things I have always wanted to do like camping, solo travel, be in a relationship and live my spiritual life.
Blessed and fortunate I was, that it only took me 17 years and one spiritual retreat (Which I could have done ages ago🤔) to realize “Yes I was stuck in the rat race!!!”.