Being busy. When we’re busy, it seems it distracts us from so many things, especially hobbies and things that really matter to us. Some people pride in being busy. But I see it as a pebble in my shoe. However, as adults, we assume “busy” as the norm. I have so many things in mind that I’d rather be busy about such as, writing, blogging, reading, and researching things that will benefit my interests.
However, seeking a job, out of my comfort zone, in sales, is not my ideal “busyness.” My education and job have always encompassed the humanities—mainly English, Literature, fiction, and or critical theory. All those subjects fascinate me. I also love reading things on psychology, emotional intelligence, and introversion. Just to name a few.
The funny part about my training in sales is that it could not have arrived at a better time. My sisters are real estate agents, and they’re working on their Bachelor’s degree in business. They’re taking an online class with a professor who explains assignments in an unclear manner. He doesn’t seem to like to take the time to help the students according to their understanding. He basically repeats explanations. Not the greatest tactic to help students. It’s even more difficult because online classes lack the body language, facial expressions, and tone of voice—which are all highly crucial to effective communication.
Now, I have tutoring experience as an English tutor. I’ve also taking a few classes that have helped me understand the profession of teaching. I’ve read books on teaching, and I’ve done my own research—mainly concentrating on introversion and emotional intelligence.
Remember that “funny part about my training in sales?” I’m sure you do. Well, due to that training, I was able to understand what the online professor wanted for the assignment (or presentation). My sisters and several students struggled with the information. Granted, I had to think hard, and when several people have to think so hard to understand something, then it’s probably a good idea to rethink on how to reword things or try a new approach.
My point is that at first, I felt overwhelmed trying a different job (in sales). But when I had the opportunity to help my sisters in their field, that’s when I realized that it’s true what they say, everything is a learning experience. And I love learning. Even though I nag about it at the beginning of any new challenge, I like to challenge myself. I’m quite surprised what an actual professional company can teach you about business and sales. It’s quite intriguing to me now.
The sad part is that it has kept me away from my writing. That’s not a good thing. I figured maybe it’s only in the beginning since I have to readjust my schedule and my brain. Now my challenge is to incorporate my job with my writing in a workable schedule. It feels like a tug of war between what I want and what I need to do.
What I’ve learned this year so far is that if you try, fail, try, fail, try, and network properly, you can accomplish many things. Everything is, in fact, a learning experience. Don’t you agree?