Getting Down to Business

One of my current favorite blogs is Life Less Bullshit by Nicole Antoinette.  I discovered it a few months ago.  I honestly don’t even remember how I stumble upon it, but realistically, it was probably Pinterest.  Nicole is quickly climbing the ranks as one of my favorite “motivational” bloggers.  The other day she wrote a point titled When’s the Last Time You Told the Truth About Your Life.  While I can’t currently relate directly to the content of her post, a few things she said really resonated with me.  Lately I’ve been thinking about my career a lot and what I want to do with my life and where I see myself in 5 or 10 years.  (Don’t worry, I’m not about to tell you all I’m quitting my job to be a full time blogger.  While I love my, ike, nine dedicated readers, I also love being able to pay my bills.)

After I decided I didn’t want to go into teaching, I was really lost on what I did want to do.  I never really made the decision to go into insurance;  it was more or less somewhere I landed.  I found my job through a temp agency.  I’ve always worked hard at work, but for the last 5 years, I’ve spent a lot of time fighting the idea of a career in insurance.  It wasn’t that I didn’t like my job (I really do!), but working in business was never something I wanted to do.  I spent the first 22 years or my life planning and preparing to be a teacher, and it took me a very long time (read: the last 5 years) to reconcile the idea of not being a teacher.  Honestly, it wasn’t until very recently that I truly started to embrace the idea of a career in insurance (and outside of education and in the business world.)

One of the things Nicole said in that post I mentioned above was, “If you aren’t happy with your situation – any situation – you need to change what you’re doing. You need to try something new, something different, something that will lead you anywhere other than the repetitive loop you’re circling right now.”  This really struck me more than anything.

I’m happy with my job; I pretty much always have been.  But recently I’ve come to terms with the fact that it was time to make a change.  It was time to either embrace insurance as my career or really figure out what the hell I wanted to do with my life.  It was time to do something to move forward or in another direction, but I couldn’t stay stagnant.  As I thought about it more and more, I could picture myself seeing this insurance thing through.

So I’ve started to really embrace this career path.  About a month and a half ago a decided a great way to embrace my “new” career path was to get myself some business education.  I took zero business classes in college and have almost no understand of business concepts.  A solid business understanding isn’t totally necessary to work in insurance, but I work in professional liability which pretty much means I’m in that business of insuring businesses for the way they do business.  So last week I started back to school.  

Homework on the deck, with a  beer on a gorgeous summer evening.  The advantages of school as an adult.
Homework on the deck, with a (empty) glass of beer on a gorgeous summer evening. The advantages of school as an adult.

If you haven’t figure this out yet, I’m going to let you in on a little secret.  I’m a huge nerd.  I love nerdy shit, and part of that nerdy shit I love is school.  If I could afford it I’d probably just be a professioanl student (but again, I like being able to pay my bills.)  So for the next 7 weeks or whatever, I’m taking Intro to Business online through my local community college.  

So far it’s going well – one week down.  I really want to do well in the class and get as much out of it as possible.  Online classes are, in my experience, a thing where you get out of it what you put in so I am all in on this one.  I  haven’t totally decided how far I’m going to take this business school thing, but for now I’m really excited about my decision to more forward down this path.


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4 thoughts on “Getting Down to Business”

  1. Yay! That is exciting you are taking business classes and getting more in to the insurance “thing” 😉

    I agree on not staying stagnant – and changing things if you are unhappy! But I totally don’t have anything figured out about my career… and totally don’t worry about it. I just work to pay the bills 😉 Like you, I went to school for something that turned out being not for me – architecture. I am in a related field that I like better than what people think of as traditional architecture 🙂
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    1. Don’t let me trick you into thinking I’ve got this whole “career” thing figured out! 🙂

      It’s more that I’ve given up “figuring it out”, and I’m just rolling with what I’ve got right now and making the most of it while I’m here. Maybe I’ll be here for ever or maybe some super sweet, everything I never knew I always wanted opportunity of a lifetime will pop up next year. Who knows. I’m not going to worry about it anymore – like you said.

    1. Thanks. Making change is definitely unnerving! I think that’s why I resisted the idea of staying in insurance for so long. Luckily signing up for Intro to Business at the community college was a pretty low risk change – especially compared to seeking a second bachelors in business or an MBA. I mean really, worst case scenario, I spent $300 on a useless class.

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