In September, I told you that I did something completely unlike me. I, the entrepreneur, went and got a day job. I have now been working for the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project for two and a half months. I love my new job. The founder and director of the organization is a good leader and I know I am going to learn a lot from him. As a business owner turned employee, I was a little concerned about how I would handle having a boss.
So far I have enjoyed my new rank and file. However, I am still every much an entrepreneur at heart. I have five reasons that explain why.
1. I act like I own the place. I show up early and I leave late. Not because it’s required. I do it because I love this organization and want to treat it like it’s mine. I celebrate when we make a new contact that could provide us with more support. I am disappointed when things don’t work out. I take our mission very seriously.
2. I am a workaholic. It’s true. If I don’t physically leave my desk for lunch you can bet my sandwhich I am working through it. I don’t take coffee breaks. I have accepted a few texts during the day but I don’t take calls. I am working. This is not so much something I’ve learned but something confirmed. I have always been a bit hyper focused.
3. I like sharing the buck. Don’t get me wrong. I make plenty of decisions in my new position as Executive Assistant. I rarely make them alone without approval. I have enough decision making power to feel like an entrepreneur. There is also enough oversight so that I am never left hanging out to dry. It’s a comforting switch.
4. It’s always career day. I still enjoy taking my children to work with me. Last Friday, I was selling baskets while Jackson was giving a presentation at Sycamore Elementary School. My children participated in the scholastic book fair activities and played in the gym. It was exhausting but I can’t help feeling like they are learning so much when they are with me. They know that the money we raise goes to orphans and grandmothers. I hope that my occupation will guide them down a similar path when they have the opportunity.
5. Connections make the world go around. I have spent hours learning. I will probably spend many more hours learning. I have yet to have the opportunity to use the connections I have built in the community to benefit this organization. I hope that I will be able to put the good word on the streets.
On November 21st, there will be a Holiday Gift Shopping Event at Perspective2 in Old Town Lansing from 2-6pm. I will be there selling Grandmother Baskets, Phil Denny will be performing his signature smooth jazz and it’s all being put on by my friend Harriet from Funky Diva Promotions. There will be great food and wonderful products for you to purchase just in time for the holidays!
I know what your thinking…
How could I not attend something being put on by a company called Funky Diva Promotions?
Stop by and see me! I will give you a big hug and introduce you to our organization…Oh I mean the organization. I told you. I act like I own the place.
I look forward to seeing you,