I hated his voice. It didn’t start out that way, but after years of taking his verbal and mental abuse, his voice made me want to punch myself in the head. He always had to one-up me and made it very clear that I worked for him.
He was the boss and could tell me what to do. Even on the day I told him I was quitting, he argued about when my last day would be. He said, “I’m the one that says when this is over.” What a jerk. In the end, I’ve had the last laugh. He’s still with the company, and I’m living out my dream on Maui, Hawaii.
For 12 years, I was a vendor. Specifically, I would get up at midnight and deliver bread to grocery stores. I had a wife and kids, and we had the regular life stuff; this meant I slept three hours a night for those 12 years. I was always cranky, tired, stressed, and a jerk.
When I started the job at 19 years old, I loved it. $55,000 a year that young meant I lived well. As the years wore on, the job and hours began to get to me. About eight years in, I started working for a spineless control freak. When we started working together, he knew I was working on my dream of becoming an author and speaker.
He took every chance to put my dream down. When I asked for time off to speak at conferences or attend some training that would help my dream, he was quick to come up with excuses. Coincidently, he started his blog and book. His ideas “seemed” to be the same as mine.
Vendors have a hard job because they get it from everyone. If they run out of a product, the store, the customers and the companies yell at them. If they have too much, the store and company yells at them. You’re expected to be perfect no matter what. It’s a high-pressure job that is also hard on the body because the job is very physically.
After spending three years building my dream on the side I was finally able to give this boss my notice. I worked 60 hours a week at the job and spent every waking moment after writing, travelling to speak, and building a coaching business. I finally made enough money to pay off all our debt and save ten month’s worth of expenses. (more…)