One lucky girl

tvdThe best career advice I can give anyone is this: figure out what you love to do, then go after it. I firmly believe that there’s a job out there for everyone that will make her say, “I can’t believe they’re paying me to do this!”

When I wrote my first article for publication, I danced on cloud nine. Not only did someone believe in my writing enough to put it in print, but it also came with a check–with my name on it. Even though that check wouldn’t have bought dinner, drinks, and dessert for a party of two, I didn’t care. Someone was paying me to do something I loved. It was the best feeling in the world. (Or at least one of the best two or three.)

Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to figure out what that “thing” is that you love. It takes a tremendous amount of self-awareness and generally a healthy dose of trial-and-error, as well. I’ve often thought it completely unfair that we have to make choices at young ages that determine the direction of our entire lives. I wish I had known myself at 18 the way I do now that I’m, er, 40-something. I wouldn’t have taken so long to get here.

After 4 years of college and 22 years of a career with 3 years of grad school sprinkled on top, I finally know what gets me charged up and passionate. Heck, you probably do, too, since those are the things I write about. Making connections. Finding the meaning. Getting the details right. Learning lessons to make things better. Helping other people do it, too.

Now I get to do it and get paid for it. Officially.

On July 8, I’m starting a new adventure. After 18 years with the same company, changing jobs is kind of a big deal. I know the drill where I sit today. In fact, I know pretty much all the drills. There’s a certain comfort in that–but not enough to keep me from this new thrill.

I am so excited! I can’t believe they’re going to pay me to go to work there every day, to do what I love.

It makes no difference if you want to coach wrestling, crunch numbers, create video games, care for people, or call baseball games. If you love it, do it. Live your passion and find a way to make a living from it. Life’s too short to do anything else.

One Lucky Guitar, here I come. I am one lucky girl.

21 thoughts on “One lucky girl

  1. shelby fleck says:

    Congratulations! I know it’s FE’s loss but a wonderful gain for you. And I hope I’ll still be on your blog list…Should make for lots of new and exciting posts from Tammy territory. Best wishes!

    • Thanks, Shelby. I’ll miss crossing paths with you in the business world, but I’m glad we’ll still intersect here. I’ll send you my personal email, too.

  2. Tammy, I wanted to use this ‘outside channel’ to say how excited I am for you and the potential opportunities it may offer! This move, and your leadership has given me a little more confidence and quelled some nerves of what may be in store for my career path. Although you will be missed here, your presence will be felt for some time. Thanks for all you’ve done to push and inspire, since I’ve been part of your team. This isn’t goodbye, it’s good luck!

    • That means a lot to me, Steve. Thank you. I’ve known from the day I started contemplating a move that the hardest part would be leaving the people, and that is proving to be true. I am part of such a great team! If you don’t keep in touch, know that I’ll hunt you down.

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