A new Profile
A time when people see you in a new light
I hope some of the pages are not putting anyone off the idea of downshifting.
Seven years ago I was a Manager of over 150 people, had a huge budget to play with, had a bit of clout, hired and fired etc.etc.
Now! I do all sorts of work such as Kitchen Portering, Bar Work, Genral Household Cleaning and much more.
Only the other day I thought; Some years back I attended Conferences, Lunches etc. and often remember walking from the Car to the Conference Rooms and seeing a Chap wheeling some Chinaware / Cutlery along on a Trolley.
Seven years on - it's not 'my sole living', but I'm that Chap!
I used to spend time in a Bar in the evenings after Meetings and be 'served' by people, now it's me doing the serving!
In general, it doesn't bother me. The reason I do it is because I don't want the stress of the previous life business wise and I have to pay bills. I can't spend my life doing exactly what I please, I have responsibilities.
Mind you, I'm lucky in so far as I work somewhere I love and get on with everyone there.But you do get the occasional thoughts like "What a ridiculous managerial decision, it's not how I'd do it" or "Blimey I had more responsibilities in one day than he has in a year"/
So it is a kind of Master to Slave situation and it's one you have to accept. If you don't, you're not being honest with yourself and others.
When you first downshift many of your old coleagues will see you as being eccentric and have a bit of a laugh that you're going to do something more trivial. But as time goes on you'll be surprised how many people admire and respect your decision and your new way of life.
It is a very important point this, you may have spent years in a position of authority and if you like, giving out the orders, now you're getting them!
At the end of the day it's the simple - Are you living to work or working to live !
Money, the size of your Car, the clothes you wear don't matter.
Most people find the change of character after downshifting to be more open, more pleasant and opening your eyes to things you never saw before
Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it. Dalai Lama
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