I’ve been self employed for over 10 years and last night I had a dream of my last employer. I was the sole tech for the small business and also a project coordinator. To quote the great AEJ, “when he canned me”… “he said I was inadequate”.
And I see how that has poisoned me in so many ways. This CEO and I didn’t get along. There were cultural differences, there were socio-economic differences, there were “hey she’s working with tools on a server and has boobs at the same time” issues.
This job was my leap from being a corporate rising star and ladder climber to small business. It was my jump from being a cog in a vast IT wheel to being The Wheel. I had a big learning curve. But my dream last night also let me in on how many ways it was a completely sabotaging environment.
The saddest thing is how I had never been fired before. I knit that word “inadequate” into my scar tissue and wore it. I owned it. The thing I realized this morning is how many personal and professional boundaries I have crossed to be the one who would “go there” who would “do it”. Who would be rock star enough at the cost of my own personal sanity and health.
Because after 10 years, I didn’t even remember who I was proving wrong anymore. I just knew that I was on a mission to kick some ass, no matter how bruised my foot was.
I feel like last night’s dream was such a gift. I feel like I can work on letting that go. I can do what I can do. I can trust in the brilliance and the experience that I have and I don’t have to get all crazy about it. I don’t have to compromise my happiness, balance, loved ones, plans, whatever so that some scary monster from a decade ago who hopefully doesn’t remember me any more won’t be right.
Of course, being the highly enlightened being that I am. I changed all the server passwords to “inadequate”.
And, the lessons learned from being a solo tech in a small company is the inspiration for us to start that small company that we started. So, thanks scary monster. And thanks dream.