Guest blog by Maria Tentis
I have always wanted my own business, not because I like to boss people around, but because I want to inspire people and show them that working can be positive and fulfilling. Having a career, or job, shouldn’t be something that you have to or need to do strictly because you are forced by circumstances, but because you enjoy it. Being motivated and interested in the purpose of the industry and business you work for helps and it makes your life more complete, but running a business means truly owning your work.
At university I learned some of the things I need to do and some of the life skills to become a successful entrepreneur. However having finished both my first degree and masters, I still do not have the faintest idea of what I would like to do and how to enjoy the journey to achieving my dreams. I understand sometimes it's good to stop what you are doing, assess who you are and what you want to become in order to achieve your dreams with as few bumps in the road as possible. I was blindly taking each logical step, until this year when I realised I was going nowhere and no longer enjoying it. As a result, I have just been wondering the past few months about what the world has to offer and what would most appeal to me. I guess, walking away from so many job opportunities that would have probably delayed my discovery wasn't so wrong after all.
I needed some practice to justify the theories I believe in, so I decided to undertake an internship with Portfolio People. Initially in my job search all I wanted was to experience different job roles in a company. After I researched the company and had discussions about the beliefs and vision of the company I realised I have always had the beliefs of a portfolio person, I just didn't know what it was called. As human beings we are meant to evolve, continuously improve and learn throughout our lives, with autonomy and self direction.
The decision to go portfolio was fairly easy. I like meeting new people, learning new things and most of all I like making the most of my time. Anyone could argue that I don't need to be a portfolio person to do this, but I am sure that the journey is much more rewarding when you have full flexibility over your schedule. As a portfolio person you choose what you do, when you do it, whom are you dealing with and most importantly you understand well what makes the work you do meaningful to you and the world.
Many thanks to our guest blogger Maria Tentis