Yeah, that's what I heard, in fact I had to explain to him that this statement was the complete opposite of the mindset I bring into the field of helping others change for the better. You see as a social worker I don't do what I do with the idea of thinking about or making large amounts of money. I do need to be compensated fairly for my time, expertise, and service, but the money is not the most important or constant on my mind and in my heart. A part of my identity as a helping professional was attacked and it made me feel uncomfortable. However, I had to be objective in this matter as the person sharing this idea with me comes from a totally different school of thought, training, approach, etc. Therefore, his ideology as it pertains to business may in fact be driven by dollars and cents and I need to understand such. One thing I have come to understand in this process is their is much to be learned. I am constantly being educated about a world (business) that I quite honestly didn't imagine seeing myself a part of. I have a service and passion that I want to share and provide to others. I couldn't find it or I didn't see it in the field I was a part of, and therefore I was motivated to go out on my own and do what I truly believe I can. What I now know is that whether I like it or not I have to learn about the business side (to some extent) in order to achieve and sustain. Another lesson learned, challenged but not defeated, determined.
Always learning... I had to sort through this conflict I was facing as a result of being immersed into a culture and ideology that were as opposite to me as hot and cold. A culture that is often about $ and all that brings into this world of ours. I have to check myself and not lose sight of my goals, realizing that I can choose to utilize certain parts of this business world, while still maintaining my own ideology as it pertains to providing service. I am not going to be greedy in this venture, that is not and will not be happening. So, I ask myself and anyone out there who has to follow a path that does not always look like a good one, is it worth the risk? I want to wish all a very healthy and safe holiday season. Take time to breathe amongst the visiting and giving, and as always take special note to the quality of life that is of value. The one that always has your back no matter where you may be, respect it and it will give you what you need!