7 years ago today, I turned in my computer and completed my exit interview with a Big 4 Accounting firm here in Charlotte. We were in the middle of the economic crisis as a result of the burst of the housing market. My colleagues were getting laid off left and right. I, on the other hand, was “safe.” I was working with a client that required a specialized skill set, making me hard to replace. In fact, had just been assigned to another “dream” team and client.
My professional career seemed to have a bright future; however, something was nagging at me on the inside. I felt like I was going to explode. My job wasn’t enough.
It wasn’t enough to fulfill what was bursting at the seams on the inside.
Without a plan, I jumped! I submitted my 2-week resignation, Wednesday, September 9, 2009 would be my last day. I left the office feeling liberated and excited… and then the dread kicked in.
“An entrepreneur jumps from a plane without a parachute and figures out how to build one on the way down.”
-Matt Salzberg, CEO of Blue Apron
September 9, 2009 I made one of the best decisions of my life! I would do it all over again if I had to. The first few weeks were great! I enrolled in classes I had been putting off and was enjoying the freedom. The following summer, conversations with a classmate led to a business opportunity that turned into the incorporation of The Y9 Group on January 1, 2011.
Since 2011, my business has grown and evolved tremendously. Through its growth and evolution, I’ve also grown and evolved – TREMENDOUSLY! However, the growing pains were sometimes excruciating. There were many days I questioned my decision to leave my job and strongly considered returning to Corporate America. But what’s the saying? “Nothing worth having comes easy….”
Hitting rock bottom sucks!
Only a couple of years in, I hit rock bottom. I had just made one of the hardest decisions ever to fire a client. It was a battle between my sanity and my pockets. I chose my sanity. Soon after, I had to part ways with another client because their needs and my services no longer matched. Two big accounts gone and I had just moved into a beautiful new home and purchased a new car. In one of the most uncomfortable stages of my life, I had a decision to make – give up or weather the storm.
Then one day someone asked me, “What does success mean to you?”
That day I decided to dig deep and truly define what success meant to me – not how the world defines it, but success specific to what I envisioned for my life. In doing so, I created a guiding light for everything that I do. The following year, revenue more than doubled (150% INCREASE)! The next year it almost doubled again with a 72% increase and continues to grow with every year’s increase at 20% or more.
How did it happen? Using my now proven method of strategic thought, I started enjoying what I did more and attracting the type of clients that I wanted. By defining MY success, I started living MY truth!
Another leap of faith…
And now I’m taking another leap of faith, but this time with a parachute (aka: a plan). In further pursuit of my purpose, my goal is now to empower as many women as possible spiritually, financially, and professionally to reach their greatest potential by helping them to define their success. In just two days, I’ll be launching #TheSuccessFULWay at yolandandavis.com. I’m excited about the new journey and can’t wait for you to see it.
Join me for the virtual launch onSunday, September 11th! And invite all of your favorite gals (mom, sister, daughter, niece, friend, etc.) to come check it out!
Take a journey with me #TheSuccessFULWay!