I really just want to take a moment today to thank all of those who have supported me on this journey. It's been about 10 months since I got some hair-brained idea to start a blog. And in those 10 months I have met some extraordinary people and learned so much.
So to all of you have supported me, helped me, given me advice, listened when I needed an ear, and read and shared all my posts, THANK YOU!!!
I honestly couldn't be where I am today without you.
I've had an interesting couple of weeks that have shown me a lot about the world we currently live in. Honestly, it's been more than a little tough on me.
This post is going to read as a rant to many. However, this is my opportunity to clarify a little bit more about who I am and how much I sincerely value the good people in my network. These good people seem to be fewer and further between. However, I have come across so many of them, that I consider myself blessed to have them around me.
We live in a world where people seem only to care about themselves. They want to reach their "goals" faster and try to climb higher than others. And they are willing to step on other people, cheat, and manipulate others to get there.
Look at the Toronto Mayor. A man who publicly admitted to smoking crack and having a drinking problem. And then his approval ratings went UP 5%!!!! WTF?! We have CEOs and Corporate executives riding on the good work of their subordinates to garner themselves promotions while those actually doing the work are laid off.
No matter where you look, there is always someone willing to take advantage of another person to further their own success. And this makes me SICK!
You see, I am a "nice" person. It's just who I am. I don't enjoy conflict. I've had to learn to stand up for myself and voice my opinion. I would rather be polite and smile than tell some douche bag that he's being, well, a douche.
I want to believe that people are actually good people with good intentions. I tend to trust others more than I should and open up freely.
The downfall to this is that people think they can take advantage of me. They think that because I stand there with a smile on my face that they've "gotten one over" on me. They think that I'll be available for them to "use" to make themselves look better or take credit for what I do.
And even if I do look like I rolled over, because it's my job to do the work, that doesn't mean I don't know what just happened. And it sure as hell doesn't mean that I will continue to do it. There are other jobs, other clients, and other people willing to work with me.
I have had to fight stereotypes most of my life. Because I come off a certain way or look a certain way, I have had to fight to prove my value and my worth. I have had to fight to be taken seriously. Many of us have had to fight this same fight, though many for different reasons. It's a reality of the world we live in and I've learned to come to terms with this.
So I will work longer, I will work harder, and I will work fairly. I have to be such a hard worker because I have to work 10 times harder than these other idiots who cheat their way to the top.
I refuse to sell out and use other people to garner my own success. It may take me longer to get there, but at least I can sleep at night and stand tall when I achieve my goals.
Yes, it may take me longer to get there but I promise you, I will get there.
And this is why I want to thank those of you who have been there to support me this year.
Your comments on the blog, conversations on social media, personal meetings and phone calls have all continued to provide me with the motivation I need to keep on pushing. Those of you who have reached out to offer unsolicited support will forever be in my debt. Those of you who have become friends will forever be in my hearts.
I will pay each of you back in some way for what you've given me. But until then,