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What Most People Get Wrong About The Corporate Ladder and Why I Chose To Become a Part-Time…

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My intellect is my product as a solopreneur and I love the creative freedom

What most people don’t know is that I’m not a full-time creator.

I’m a journalist turned marketing professional and part-time solopreneur.

How did this happen, you may ask?

I was eager to advance on the corporate ladder.

The money, power, and respect leadership positions in the corporate world offered were very alluring and I thought the only way in life was up.

Climbing that corporate ladder and getting applauded for it.

I was determined to become an account manager fast because it looked to have everything.

I made a bold plan to reach the management level before I was 30.

And so I did.

At the age of 28, I received a promotion and became an account manager. By 29, I had my own team of four people.

Crushed it, correct?

I Had The Wrong End Goal in Mind

I eventually understood that I had the wrong end goal in mind when I set it.

The achievement of a leadership title should have merely been the first step on the path to the ultimate unlock, which is “career optionality”.

Career flexibility may manifest differently for various people, but for me, it took the form of becoming a solopreneur.

My intellect is my product as a solopreneur, therefore I built a solo business around it with a variety of revenue streams, including consulting, course development, and freelance writing

Management Titles Validate my Skills

Management titles helped me on my path to becoming a solopreneur by validating my skills.

But I wasn’t able to find a rewarding, adaptable, challenging, and influential job until I became a part-time solopreneur.

I love my corporate job, but I also love the freedom and creative flow of my solo business.

There’s More Than the Corporate Ladder to Achieve

Set your sights on achieving the leadership positions because they are really worthwhile.

But not as the end goal.

In order to be able to design your career whatever you want, work toward unlocking career flexibility.

Thoughts? How do you feel about the corporate ladder vs. writing on the side?

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