This is what my life looks like (at least I imagine it this way in my nightmares:
I....manage a companies accounting. I know, I know..........ME? Yes, me.
I don't do taxes (anymore), I just make sure that things flow smoothly. We get paid, and we pay others. I used to be ruler of my domain, Princess of the realm....the one person every business owner has, that he likes, but can tell him NO, and he doesn't bat an eye. I used to work in the small business world. I liked it, I was comfortable....I was GOOD AT IT!
So, what happened you ask? I (brilliantly) decided I needed to "grow up" go to work for a corporation, seek the ever elusive benefits, and 401k, and regular hours!
I did that.
I got the job.
And somewhere along the way, the free spirit that I was has become a "person in a management position".
And, much to my surprise...I LOVE it.
I don't love the excess paperwork, I don't love the red tape, I don't love the constant interruptions when all I want to do is finish one thing.
I love that I never knew I would still be good at what I do in that structure. I was afraid to do it for so many years. I always thought that I would just get lost in the shuffle. I didn't. I love it that I learned that I was far more organized than I thought I was. I love it, that I can actually manage a small staff and that I can motivate them.
I love it that, much to my surprise, I love doing it......ALL of it.
I have a great Boss. She is at a remote office from mine and I hardly ever see her, but we speak the same language. We think alike, we make very similar decisions and choices. She allows me room to show my skill, and is always supportive. That's cool!
I manage three employees that are uniquely different, but bring such amazing dedication and hard work.....we are in sync.
I thought I was too old for a career change, that I wouldn't like it very much. Now I know that my false bravado was nothing more than a fear of trying something new.
Now, how to translate that into a lesson to a 14 yr old. What was I thinking???????????