Today is May 13th, 2020, 2 months ago today I was fired from my position at one of the nations largest cell tower maintenance companies. March 13th began the journey that I am currently on. I was at my last job for just a shade under 4 years, I was the inventory and purchasing manager. The H.R. lady walked into my office sat down across my desk from me and told me that they felt that I was no longer a fit for the company. I was angry as most people would be, I was suddenly super stressed over bills, and providing for my family. I did not know at that moment, what I was going to do.
Looking back now, I would have to agree, I was not a fit for that company. I am not much of a fit for any company really. By the time I was fired, I was one month into creating my own company. The Smith Homestead. I had just launched our website smith-homestead.com and was working on the side with other things as well. My mentality had changed, and I was not even aware of it.
I have spent the last year of my life making friends and connections, people like Nathan, who owns and runs this site that I am writing for. Him and many other people have slowly but surely changed my mindset and mentality to something that required me, to require myself, to build my own empire. Being fired blasted me into orbit. In the past two months, I have built chicken coops and dug up floors, I have flipped products on eBay, and have almost completed writing my first e-course. I have removed honeybees from homes, and I have built my farm to a level that I have never attained before. Needless to say, I have been busy.
There is a major lesson I have learned. It is not only ok to be the least smart, and least successful person in the room, in your group. It is actually the best place to be. I have watched and learned, absorbed, and applied, worked, and created non stopped since March 13th.
I am happier, I am more stress free, and honestly my family is as well. I have accomplished more in the past 2 months than I have in my past lifetime. It is a testament to hard work, and what you can do and achieve for yourself. And the satisfaction to know that everything you have you created with your own two hands. I mean with your hands, and not a boss handing you a paycheck. It is your content, your skill, your creation, and your accomplishment.
A friend of mine here where I live is a multi-millionaire, getting all his money through real estate. He had a fellow working for him that came up to him once this Corona virus thing started and told him that he wanted to draw unemployment because he would make more money that way. So, my friend agreed and fired him just to help him out. Well a month and a half later and because of the amount of unemployment claims the state of Mississippi still has not paid this man unemployment. So, this man has been calling my friend and asking him repeatedly for work so that he could pay his bills. My friend told him no. This guy left him high and dry in the middle of flipping a house when he needed him most.
The amount of laziness that has been brought to the surface during this pandemic is amazing. My 17-year-old son has made more money working for himself during this coronavirus thing than many full-grown adults that I know. They are still sitting at home waiting for that check to come in. I say all that to make the point that there are two different people in this world. You have the people that will always make something and create something, and you have the people that will always sit around and wait to be waited on.
My advice to you is this, surround yourself with those that are smarter, wiser, wealthier, more successful. If you surround yourself by these folks, watch them, learn from them, ask questions from them, you can be one of them.
2 Thessalonians 3:10 “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”
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