While working in a corporate environment may work for some people, for others—like me, it kinda sucked. It wasn’t a daily atmosphere that gave me the ability to be creative, confidence to trust myself, let alone speak my mind whenever I had brilliant ideas. Corporate American—for me—was torture.
1. The pit in my stomach.
Working a corporate job changed me during the time that I was there working in the office. I felt it, and everyone around me outside the office noticed it. I hid it very well during work hours, but a pit in my stomach definitely arose as soon as I realized that it wasn’t for me.
The days became tougher and tougher to get through. I longed for the weekends and then whenever the weekends came about, that pit became even stronger in fear of Monday mornings. What a vicious cycle.
2. Feeling inferior—even though I know I’m not.
Both corporate offices that I worked for were small and I had to deal with the company CEO’s on a daily basis. This is fine if you have a wonderful CEO leading your company—in both situations I did not.
I was called out, made to feel inferior, take advantage of—all on a daily basis. All so that someone with a big title could feel better about themselves. In order to keep my job, I sucked it up and dealt with it for as long as I could.
3. The long hours—in the office.
I’m a hard worker, I really am. Currently, I am an owner of two businesses and put in 10+ hour days-many times even on the weekends. But there is something different with being able to step out and take my son to the doctors and being able to accompany him on his school field trips—because I can.
The amount of hours that I worked in an office, gazing out at the world made me crazy! I began to feel detached from the world outside. And, don’t get me started on the fact that it’s an unwritten rule that actually taking your hour lunch break is frowned upon.
4. Not being able to be my own boss.
Maybe I’m bad at working with people, but I don’t think that’s really the case. I think I just don’t like having to answer to someone else whenever they are giving me pointless tasks to do. I like to make my own rules and play by them—I play nice.
5. Missing out on things.
I suppose this piggybacks on #3, but I felt so strongly about it, that it needed its own number. I hated missing out on things that were important to me. Furthermore, I hated having to get permission from someone to be able to attend the things that were important to me—thus missing work. It was torture having to creep into someone’s office, with my tail between my legs, asking for time off. I hated every second of that!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m certain there are lovely corporate environments that exist in this world
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