I thought I was in my dream job, working at Microsoft making the most money I had ever made working as a contractor in the marketing department of the Entertainment & Devices division.
Boy was I wrong! In reality, I had less influence and impact than I had in than ever before in my career. One day I was sitting a meeting with my boss and he was issuing orders for the project I was in charge of not to me but to the admin on the team who was a full time employee, not a contractor.
I couldn’t believe it, I had never been treated like this before in my career… I had always been the best as what I did and my bosses treated me with respect. Here I was being treated like a second class employee and not given the opportunity to make an impact.
In that moment I knew I needed to be in a job where I could make a contribution, a difference and be a partner. I vowed to myself that I would never work again for someone who did not value me or want to listen to my thoughts or ideas.
Yes, I was making more money than ever before, but was it worth it?
I ended up feeling frustrated, discouraged and unhappy because making an impact and being an influencer was what gave me the juice and this was missing.
I began looking around for other positions in the company and discovered that there were none to be found that offered me the opportunity I was seeking. Then the Great Recession came along and along with the majority of other contractors I was laid off.
I took a hard look at what I was doing and who I wanted to be…
I realized at the core of everything I wanted to make a difference, to be an influencer and make an impact in helping people build their businesses.
Fast forward to today…
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