18 October, 2020

Welcome

Hello everyone. My name is Geoffrey Burrows. Welcome to my new blog!

I have reached a turning point in my life. I have decided that it's time for me to make a move in my career. I will be starting out as a freelance writer. And this blog is a part of the journey.

The first steps of this new direction started with my 40th birthday earlier this year. A lot of things have been going through my mind in recent years. But a large part of it is dissatisfaction with my career. I have had a variety of jobs - gardener, delivery driver, kitchenhand, call center phone monkey, plus a few others. My most recent job has been in car sales. While there has been a lot of good things about each of those jobs, they've all been lacking a little something. Satisfaction.

There's no such thing as a perfect job. Nothing is perfect after all. I'm going into the life of a freelancer with my feet firmly planted on the ground, while I'm aiming for the stars. But I believe that starting out on my own will give me a chance to earn the sense of satisfaction that I have been wanting. 

Through the various jobs I've had, I was able to see what things brought me joy at work. Two big ones are self-direction and skill development. 

I like being in charge of my time. It's liberating to be able decide what I am doing and when. Getting to choose what my priorities are and how to action them. That has been one of the great things about working in car sales. Aside from a few scheduled tasks at each end of the day, a salesman is responsible for managing their own time. If you see a customer, go talk to them. If there's a phone call, answer it. If there's a customer that you haven't spoken to for a while, give them a call. If you need to learn about a product, go look it up. By starting my own business, I will need to exercise that same sense of initiative. I will decide my own path and that's exciting.

Developing a broad range of skills makes me feel capable and confident. One of my early jobs was working for Pizza Hut, and I think that spoiled me for a lot of my subsequent jobs. Working for Pizza Hut was a fantastic chance to learn a lot of skills. I showed them that I was enthusiastic, dependable and willing to learn. In return, they cross-trained the heck out of me. Within months I was able to tackle almost any job in the store. Unfortunately, not many of my other employers since then had a business structure that seemed to encourage that degree of training. But in starting my own venture, I need to learn a lot of things as I go, and that is making me happy.

So here we are, at the start of my journey as a freelance writer. I hope that you find it interesting and follow along. If you like my writing and would like to discuss how I can help your business, organization, club or personal endeavors, please head over to the Contact tab and drop me a line.

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