Over the past few weeks I’ve spent several days helping a company in town and I have enjoyed stepping back from Jess LC and MML a bit. It was refreshing to work in a new place, meet new co-workers, and learn new skills. It was also an enlightening experience since it was the first non-entrepreneurship role I’ve had since 2007.
For the first time in years I was no longer the owner. I was the assistant to the assistants.
At first it was novel. Then it was terrifying. My quest to execute my role perfectly was stifling and made me uneasy as I was no longer in charge. I had a lot of questions, uneasiness, and stress. Apparently not being in charge has become more stressful for me than being in command.
Eventually I am happy to say that I relaxed into my role, became more familiar with the flow and required duties, and started to look at the company process as my own and regained my confidence.
But I cannot stress enough how enlightening the whole experience was for me.
Because even though I eventually found my groove and did a great job, I also saw how clearly what I do everyday with Jess LC and MML rocks.
I’ve been doing my own thing for so long that my awesome business has become my “daily grind.” Taking a step outside my career and trying something new for a few days shed light on why I am here at Jess LC and MML. And though at times (like today) I feel stressed and overwhelmed by aspects of my business, I also know I am a great fit and fulfilling my purpose.
So for those who are also fortunate to love what they do but need a fresh appreciation, I encourage you to leave your post for a few days and try something completely different via volunteering, interning, or serving a friend’s company. It may just remind you of why you love your job.