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October 19, 2013

Josh Drespling: New job leads to chain reaction of opportunities

NEW CASTLE — I can see the faint glimmer of a light off in the distance. It is an inkling of hope and a promise of things that will soon come to pass.

What is this beacon of hope that compels me to look to the future rather than dwell in the muck that is my present situation?

It’s a new job, of course.

For the last several months, I have been burning the proverbial candle at both ends. I've been working several jobs. Easily logging 60 plus hours per week on the clock and another 10 or so for my freelance graphic design and print work. That’s not to mention the time I spend writing pieces for several different publications on a regular basis.

I have been departing my house each day well before the sun begins to peak out from behind the eastern horizon. I can't even remember the last time I was home before 10 p.m. or the when I saw the outside of my house in the light of day.

As fate would have it, I stumbled across the path of an old business acquaintance and I proposed the question of him needing another guy. After some phone tag and back and forth conversations between the two of us, he offered me a position with his incredibly successful company in a field that I was practicality born to work in.

During the courting process with my new employer, I truly discovered how much I loathed my current position. When the possibility of the new position arose, I was anxious to move on, but had to bide my time and do everything the proper way. Each day that I was entrapped in my current job(s) I felt like a little kid on Christmas night who is forced by his parents to lie in bed waiting for the morning to come. Minutes seem like hours and time, quite possibly, is moving in reverse.

I had left my old employer once before and when I did, I felt a great weight lifted from my shoulders and my mind, but they successfully lured me back with a significant chunk of money. However, the honeymoon was short-lived and I longed to be somewhere else — anywhere else — before the ink was dry on my paperwork.

As is to be expected in the framework that is my wacky life, I had two more offers within days of accepting the offer from my now-new employer. On the very same day that I committed to the new position, I got a call from an old colleague out of the blue. After we exchanged pleasantries, he asked how much it would take to get me to come work for him. I explained to him that he was a day late and a dollar short and he was disappointed with the timing, although I was able to refer a friend to him.

Throughout the process of passing my baton of leadership and exiting gracefully, I had to let the majority of my loyal customers know that I was leaving. Most were quite disappointed and several have even brought me going away gifts. Others have offered me positions with their companies. One in particular said if she knew I were available she would have hired me in a minute.

It’s amazing the way a simple conversation can change the tide of many people's lives. Leaving my position has caused a flux at my former company and one of my associates has taken the step up and got a decent raise and promotion to fill my vacant slot. I also hired a friend to fill the slot that my associate has now left open. It all seems to be a greatly intertwined circle.

Some of us are happy with their position in the cycle, some not so much. I am, however, happy to be moving onward and upward and I did it without sending out a single resume.

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