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Wish in one hand

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

This morning I was looking at an email I got from Reitman's (a women's clothing store in Canada), advertising their latest sale. The email included images of thin women wearing different outfits. I caught myself saying (mentally) "I wish I could wear clothes like that". Whenever I catch myself saying "I wish ...", I think of my dearly departed grandfather, who always used to say "Wish in one hand and sh*t in the other and see which one fills up faster." My grandfather was a great storyteller and he made me laugh. Of course, he's right, wishing is a fairly useless, self indulgent pass time.

Even knowing that, I wish for a lot of things. Sometimes it's hard to know how to take something from a wish to a reality.

Yesterday I talked about my vision for myself, work wise. NUTKINNB asked whether there was anything I could do to take steps towards my goal, such as freelancing on the side. Given the type of work I want to do (consulting and training on agile product development and project management), it would be very difficult for me to freelance on the side since I need my full time job and most of the consulting work I could get in this area needs to be done during normal working hours. However, there are some things I can do to move towards this goal.

1. I can further my credentials. For about a year now, I've been pursuing an industry certification as a Certified Scrum Trainer. I'm really at the point where I have enough experience and recommendations to submit my application to get the process started. I've been procrastinating on submitting my application because I'm afraid it's not good enough. I probably have about a day's worth of work left to polish it. I'm going to do that and submit my application within a week.
2. I can talk to friends who are consulting for a living and find out how they get contracts. I've made a date with a friend of mine to chat about this.
3. I can apply for other jobs outside my current company to broaden my experience. I tend to be hesitant to do this because I'm worried that other companies won't match my salary/benefits. However, I've decided there's no harm in applying. I've applied to two jobs that I think are a good match for me.

So that's a start.

I also have an idea for a side business that I can do in my spare time. I don't know if the business would go anywhere or make any money, but I do have a product idea in mind. I can get started on producing some of these products and trying to sell them. You never know. And if the stuff doesn't sell, I'll have a bunch of gifts to give away to people. emoticon

I need to make June a better month than May was. This should be a start.
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    you rgrandfather sounds an awful lot like my grandmother!!! LMAO...she said the same thing...

    and wishes need to be turned around and made into goals!!!!
    3104 days ago
    That's fantastic, Darklight31! It seems that you're already on the move towards your goal. :)

    Best wishes with all of it & let us know how it all plays out! I'm curious to hear about your side business idea.
    3104 days ago
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