The Offer

Sometimes the world is unfair.  In my previous two positions at advertising agencies, I worked incredibly hard, worked long hours, sacrificed things I wanted to do to make my clients happy, and both jobs ended with me being laid off when the agency lost the account.  If you look back at my blog postings, you’ll see that the last time I was laid off was last April.  I posted about my plan of starting over, maybe working at Point Pleasant River Country or on the farm at None Such.  I was so fed up with working hard and having nothing to show for it, I told Jaclyn that I wouldn’t even bother applying for jobs, I just needed a break, I just wanted to drive up north, sleep under the stars in Canada and shut down for awhile.  I concluded that things were unfair, hard work didn’t equal anything, I needed to reevaluate. 

Before I had a chance to drive through Arcadia National Park in Maine and into the Bay of Fundy in Canada, my client asked if I wanted to be a full time consultant for them, they wanted someone they knew who would work hard.  With a wife and kids in mind, I took the offer and gave them everything I had.  I am happy to report that nearly a year later, my commitment, hard work, and dedication has yielded a very positive result.  I walked into HR today with a spring in my step, a smile on my face, and a strong desire to hear the words they had for me.  This time was different, this time my effort yielded something great, I was offered an excellent job with an excellent company. 

There’s no advice that I really want to dole out, I just want to say that this world can be very difficult.  I think it is inevitable that you’ll catch some tough breaks along the way.  I think there’s times when you can classify it as being unfair.  But I always remember what Winston Churchill said when England was getting pushed to their limit in World War 2 (and a major reason my son has his name):
“Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never – in nothing great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.” 

I am happy for my wife who’s support never wavered and happy for my children who love me the same.  We all do our best and I that will always keep us afloat.  I usually don’t allow myself to boast or show too much emotion, but I feel a strong sense of vindication.  I know, it’s just a job, but to be dealt a couple of setbacks and come back stronger, I can’t help but be damn happy right now. 

This opens a new chapter for RKDeem, a chapter that I am very excited to write.  

As for the happy hour.