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Thousands of miles away in Portugal...

At this point, I haven't lived in Michigan for nearly 10 years


After I left for Tennessee at the age of 22, I never returned back home


Now at the young age of 33, I sit in Portugal, starting my solo entrepreneurial journey...


Let me be clear though, nothing over the past ten years has been easy for me


I had my heart broken and I also lost close friends and family members


I lived with over 25 different people, and in 10 different homes


I see my parents, brother, and sister far less than I should


I got severely injured in bad motorcycle accident


I spent a lot of time alone and lonely


That being said, I never once


Sat down and gave up


Either should you...


Take The First Exit


A vast majority of people are stuck in jobs they hate


Shit...I have been there myself a few different times in my life


What's interesting though, is that many of these people choose to stay


Even though they are miserable, depressed, and disconnected from their work


Unfortunately, I know exactly what it feels like, and it was me in Tennessee


I was working in financial services (sales) and I really didn't like it


It killed me too because I moved down there for the job


And I worked my ass off to earn the opportunity


I also built up a decent reputation as well


I really thought I had what I wanted


But something didn't feel right


And I needed a change


I was 27 years old...


Crash and Burn...


Luckily, my good friend was getting married in Portugal in 2016


It was my first time in Portugal, and I fell in love with the landscape and the people


While visiting, I imagined myself being there for a longer period of time


But that didn't really fit into my life and how things were going


Then, on the way back home, my girlfriend dumped me


My life was completely flipped upside down now


I hated my job and I just got dumped


There was no reason to stay


I was totally defeated...


Want to know what's even worse?


I wasn't ready for the rejection one bit, and it hurt


I thought I met all societies needs and checked all the boxes


I had a "great" job, a nice apartment, a nice car, and plenty of money


It was the biggest wake-up call of my life to date my friends


I realized all that shit didn't mean anything at all


It was all a mask to block the real truth


It was time to be myself...


The Dilemma


I had decided to quit my job, but I didn't really know exactly how to quit


I also didn't know exactly what I was going to do once I resigned


Getting my MBA was always an option I had in mind tho


And it seemed like my best option at that time


On top of that, Lisbon had a program


That had a partnership with MIT


And the next thing you know


I had made my decision


Lisbon or bust!


Don't Get It Twisted...


The move was not only the reaction of my relationship ending


It definitely made it possible, but discovering meaningful work was the main driver


I've always told myself I would not settle for a job I'm miserable with and don't enjoy doing


You see, most of us spend more than 50% of our waking hours working


There will never be a perfect work/life balance to achieve


Instead, focus on finding meaning work instead


This will bring balance to your life


And take of the pressure...


The Lesson...


My journey to Portugal was a combination of life events


And I took an opportunity that had a handful of unknowns attached to it


But in the end, it led me to find meaningful work that I really enjoy and appreciate


On top of that, it led me to starting my own company and resigning again


This time, from a job that I actually enjoyed most of the time


But I knew inside I wanted more than it offered


And there were no life events this time


Just courage and confidence...


Are you afraid to exit?


You shouldn't be!


You're better than that....


With Love,

Steven Arthur George #cannabeme












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