Have you ever thought about doing something other than what you’re doing, both on a professional and personal level? And it got stuck at the ‘thought’ level? I went back to school for my Master’s and Doctorate degrees and changed careers mid life and never looked back–except for those occasional voices in my head! I’d love to share my journey with you and hope it moves you to take action–where you’ve maybe been stuck–and then keep going and don’t stop before the Miracle!
What do I mean by ‘don’t stop before the miracle?’ If we were all walking a tightrope or on a zip line, of course we wouldn’t stop ¾ of the way across or down, am I right? Don’t stop before the miracle simply means keep going for what you want and don’t let anything stop you. Be tenacious. Stay focused, stay on point.
When and how did my change of careers come about?I had been working for a company for 10 years successfully producing trade shows all over the world. You were as good as your last production and while I loved it, the burnout rate was very high. I had moved up the corporate ladder as far as I could go. I was a Vice President and the only person I reported to was the president. That was all well and good, but the time came when I felt like I was a human ‘doing’ not a human ‘being.’ There was no work life balance in those days.My actual change came about very unsuspectingly. Very simply, I stopped smoking through a program at the local hospital where I then lived in Danbury CT. After 33 years of smoking, I stopped and never gained an ounce of weight and never started up again. So I contacted the hospital and asked if they needed instructors. I worked for them for 1 year as an independent contractor presenting community smoking cessation programs, and then got licensed on my own so I could provide programs to corporations since I had always worked in the corporate world.My then husband was my #1 positive influencer in my life both professionally and personally. He was my cheer leader, my listener, my believer in me when I didn’t think I believed in myself, and I wouldn’t be where I am without him.
The rewards, on the other hand, are open and endless. Of course, the money was and is wonderful, but as important is the sense of contribution I feel I make to whomever I am in contact with. If I can motivate or inspire someone to go for the gold, or have awakening through a course in miracles them get in touch with their ‘humanness’ and bring that to the world. I’m delighted.This reminds me of the story of the man who as a boy was told ‘don’t talk to strangers,’ maybe as all of us were told when we were very young. Fast forward to this grown man who is driving somewhere he has never been before and he is lost. He doesn’t pull off to a gas station or a convenience store to ask for directions. He doesn’t even have the thought to do so. Maybe you’ve had this experience with a man or you are a man and you have first hand knowledge of it.
You will notice that all three of these early e-commerce sites represent very different types of online commerce. Amazon.com follows more of a traditional store format, with set prices and one major seller, although small-time sellers can also now hawk their wares on Amazon’s product pages. eBay provides regulation and a meeting space for buyers and sellers to come together, with most sales taking place in an auction format. Craigslist is the least involved, offering little more than a community message board where people can buy and sell directly from one another.
If you shopped online in the early days of e-commerce, you know that the experience was very different than what you know today. With the exception of up-and-coming giants such as eBay and Amazon.com, most online stores were remarkably basic when compared to what we expect nowadays — although back then, of course, it seemed quite remarkable. E-commerce websites were much more limited in what they could do than they are today, in graphics and appearance as well as in coding and programming. Fewer sellers offered conveniences such as the ability to place an order instantly with a credit card, or buyer accounts that stored payment settings and purchase history. SSL encryption was introduced in 1994, enabling some online stores to offer secure transactions, but the technology was not as common — or as expected — as it is today.