Today is Day 3 of self-employment.

Technically, Saturday, May 14 was my first day of self-employment.

I resigned from my day job at Davis Tree Farm and Nursery. Friday, May 13 was my last day.

Up until yesterday (Sunday, May 15) – I didn’t really feel comfortable “saying” that I was self-employed.

The reality is that I’ve been afraid.  I’ve been afraid that I would fail.  That I couldn’t do it.

However, due to the fact that I’ve cultivated some great relationships in my life…I was able to wake up Sunday morning and realize that I *am* self-employed and that I *will* succeed.

Saturday night consisted of “the guys” taking me out to dinner.  Leonel coordinated the entire dinner, and it turns out that he invited one of his other gringo friends – a father of one of his son’s teammates.

Nate Wilson is his name, and it turns out that Nate is a hustler.  He’s the type of guy that will do work.  If you have money and you have a job that you need to get done, Nate is a guy that you want to know.  He’s got the means to get things done, and if he can’t get things done, he can likely find a guy that can.

It turns out that he offered me some work – or at least seemed interested in discussing work opportunities with me.  Saturday night was the third day in a row that I had dialogue with someone about potential work opportunities outside of what I’ve already got lined up on Wednesday.

I made a promise to myself that I would allow myself two days to decompress after resigning…and then I would begin working on the next phase of my 2022 Career Goals which were as follows:

(CAREER)                  What are your career goals for the new year?

Utilizing proactive communication to obtain 1 of 2 results for the 2022 Season:

  1. SIGNIFICANT change in perspective / mindset (through proactive communication) or…
  2. QUIT (as I’ve exhausted all resources) and execute 48 Days plan in book
    1. Return to GAZELLE INTENSITY with Baby Steps to prepare for this!
      1. Make it happen.  YOU ARE WORTH IT.  YOUR FAMILY IS WORTH IT.

My attempts at proactive communication did not deliver the intended result.  While I knew that I was not a good fit for the company in the long term, actions the company continued to make without consulting me drove me to take action myself and execute upon my goals sooner than anticipated.

My final day of employment at Davis Tree Farm was Friday, May 13, 2022.  During that time, I made plans with the gentlemen who cuts the grass on the homestead to help him with some side work – larger landscaping jobs that he’s got lined up for the end of May and beginning of June.

What began as a joke has actually turned into something positive, and he’s made it very clear that I am not working “for” him, rather – I am working “with” him.  He wants to view this as a partnership – even though he will be paying me for my services.  He has offered to train me and show me how to bid jobs.

I’m wondering if he’s got some ideas on a future partnership – only time will tell.  It will be interesting to see how this all shakes out.  Admittedly, I’m a little nervous about how my body will hold up.  I’ve not performed an abundance of manual labor over the past 5 years or so…and the past 9 months have been perhaps the most sedentary months of my entire life.  The next few weeks are going to kick my ass.

On the other hand, I’m very excited about what the future has in store.  As I transition into this next phase of my life, I can only think of one thing that keeps coming to mind during these times:

Don’t concern yourself with the money. Be of service … build … work … dream … create! Do this and you’ll find there is no limit to the prosperity and abundance that will come to you.

Earl Nightingale

I know that this quote and my faith in further cultivating and refining my personal relationship with God are the only things I *truly* need to concern myself with over the next few weeks.  These two things, and working the plan as outlined in the book 48 Days to the Work (and life) You Love are all I need.

The rest is in God’s hands.