Big Dollars vs Happiness

- August 22, 2012 2 MIN READ


I was sacked for the first time in my life four years ago. This moment changed my life forever.

I was working for a large company as a State Sales Manager and I was at the peak of my career, well so I thought at the time anyway. I loved my job and I was very successful, having doubled my sales targets I was set to make a hefty six-figure commission.

Then one Thursday afternoon the carpet was pulled from underneath me.

I didn’t see it coming at all, so when I was told I was being “let go” I was dumbfounded. I always took pride in being successful and building other peoples businesses, I never had a job that I was unsuccessful at, and at that point, I certainly had never lost a job. I always left jobs to move onto something bigger and better. So the day I was sacked, the way I felt about being an employee completely changed, and it really rattled my sense of security.

At the time I ha d a small online business I had started two years prior. It was a hobby business I created to fulfill my own passion: accessing gorgeous lingerie in bigger sizes at wholesale prices.

When I started the lingerie business I didn’t consider ever selling it, it was always just there as a hobby, like when someone does a dance class or takes up a sport. I got that enjoyment from my business.

I was head hunted within a week of getting sacked and got another job straight away. I took it. But I never felt the same again. I knew in my heart I didn’t want to be another number for a large organisation, locked into an environment where you’re seen but never heard, and having my salary capped at six figures for the rest of my life. I lost my passion for the corporate world and growing other people’s businesses, so I decided to focus on my own. I put more energy into my ‘hobby business’ and I built it up over the coming years. And in 2010 I sold it.

Since then I have been growing, learning, failing, succeeding, evolving and loving setting up new businesses and being an entrepreneur. I don’t earn the big income I was earning in corporate – well not yet anyway – but I’m ten times happier. I heard the other day that if you turn your passion into a job you will never work another day in your life, and that is exactly how I feel.

In the last two years I have built other online businesses and realised that this is my passion and what I’m meant to do, so I’m now helping others become successful business owners and entrepreneurs.

This is worth so much more to me than any amount of money, and I have my old corporate job to thank for giving me that push I needed to go out on my own.