I resigned from my job and declared that I had to make some dramatic and immediate changes in my life.
For me, 2011 was a year of tremendous change. I had spent the last six years building a management career, often at the expense of having a quality family life, only to discover my efforts were fruitless and a complete waste of time. I had become stuck in an unrewarding and dissatisfying job for a large, poorly managed, telecommunications company.
Having survived an incredibly stressful and difficult merger, I found myself working as a store manager for what had become a new company, full of promise and big declarations. A company, that despite its claims, showed very little care toward its front line staff and rewarded leaders who preferred a culture of politics and corporate bullshit, over any genuine humanistic values.
In May 2011, I resigned from my job and declared that I had to make some dramatic and immediate changes in my life. I had become increasingly alcoholic, severely overweight, mentally unwell and my smokers COPD had progressively worsened. Thankfully, help was there when I needed it, and as usual, it came from my loving wife, my family and my friends. Without going into further detail, we managed to get through some pretty tough times and get things back on track.
In order to make a change for the better, I needed to find a way to significantly improve the quality of my own life and that of my family’s. This meant quitting smoking and making a serious commitment toward regaining my physical and mental health. Having quit smoking in August 2011 and broken free of my chemical dependency to nicotine, I set about rebuilding my future. I decided that I would never again find myself in the position I had been at the beginning of the year.
To achieve this, I felt I needed to pursue a new pathway. One that involved me doing something I genuinely felt passionate about. I needed a cause I could truly dedicate myself to. I needed an opportunity to gain the satisfaction that comes with achieving something worthwhile and at the same time contribute something of value to others in society.
I promised myself, if I could successfully quit smoking and recover from both my addiction and depression, I would set about building a new career that focused on helping others achieve the same.
Just one month after my last cigarette, I committed myself to making the next twenty years of my life far more positive, meaningful and fulfilling then the last twenty years I had spent as a nicotine addict.
In September 2011, I registered achoice2live.com and set about my business.