This post is a little different, but in the wake of all that’s going on, I have a feeling it won’t be the first of it’s kind. As a country we entered a new era. The first government shutdown in 17 years and regardless of what side of the political spectrum you’re on, the fact of the matter is…
WHAT AFFECTS ONE AFFECTS US ALL
I went back and forth on whether I would actually talk about this, I’ve always been told business and politics don’t mix, but in this aspect I believe it does.
Back in 2006, before the economic crisis I was fired from my job. Two weeks before my wedding. It was the first time I experienced that feeling of “OMG what am I gonna do?” There was no going back to moms house, no one to help cover the cost of rent, food, etc… it was just me trying to reassure my soon to be husband that this was not a preview to the future, but only a minor hiccup.
Life moved on. We got married and had kids. Eventually I found a job and began building what I thought would be a budding career as an insurance recruiter. By the time we approached out 2 and 1/2 year anniversary mark, thing were looking up. And then in April of 2009, that all changed.
By now the economy was in shambles. Long standing businesses were closing down, and people who had been on their jobs for years were suddenly fired for bogus reasons or without explanation at all. My husband was one of them.
I suddenly found myself having to pick up the pieces.
As a semi new mom of 2 kids at the time, never having been through anything like this I sought out multiple opportunities for promotion at my job. To be exact, I tried 8 different times in a period of 6 months, and was denied each time, once by my own supervisor. At the time I was devastated, but it turned out to be the best thing that could have ever happened to me.
It was because of not being able to be promoted, because I was forced into a position of having to figure out what to do that I revisited the idea of entrepreneurship. Though I had tried direct sales once before, this time it was different. Not only had my circumstances changed (the first time I tried I was single, no kids), but it seemed the industry had changed. More women were rising as leaders, more mothers, married and single taking charge, sending a clear message that they were capable of 6 figure incomes from home just like the guys were. That they could have both a home life balance and a booming career. That being at home didn’t mean being bogged down by kids and house duties all day. They traveled, they shopped, the lived exciting lives, and their families were well taken care of.
So what does this have to do with the government shutdown and the work at home mom?
Tomorrow I’m going to tell you about a few lessons I’ve learned from these women throughout my entrepreneurial journey that you can apply to your own life, especially if you or someone close to you has been effected by the government shutdown.
The Government Shutdown and the Work At Home Mom (Part 1) by Apple Daniels