I’m sure I’m not the only one out there who has questioned what they’ve been doing from time to time.
I was in the midst of what you could describe as a successful corporate career. Over 15 years I’d relentlessly worked my way up to a senior management role in the sales team of a well respected ASX200 company with significant responsibility and let’s be honest, significant pay to suit. Over that time I’d had the opportunity to work for some fantastic companies, brands and leaders.
But there was something playing out in the back of my head. I felt like I wasn’t doing what I did best, or what I wanted to be doing. Something felt wrong.
And this was concurrently playing out on the sidelines. Along with my wife Melissa during this time we were building an investment portfolio that would ultimately evolve into a full time property development business. Throughout this time we’d completed about every transaction you could in the property world… we bought, sold, refinanced, built, renovated many times over.
Don’t get me wrong, during my career there would be many times that I felt strongly connected to the businesses that I worked in, to the people I worked with and to a sense of purpose. I really enjoyed that. Most of all, on reflection, I enjoyed working with others to deliver strong business results, and watching people continue on in their own personal careers to be success.
But there were times where I’d question why I was doing what I was doing. Often I would wonder what it’d look like for me to leave my corporate career and do something that I was more passionate about. I found this thought process frustrating though because I could never come up with a tangible solution as to what that’d actually be. Sounds ridiculous now, because the answer was quite obviously staring me in the face the whole time!
I did have some thoughts around 2010 that peaked my interest in being a mortgage broker; going through the process of building our own investment portfolio was an area that I enjoyed and suited to my strengths but alas at the time I couldn’t summon the courage to make a dramatic change of industry and give up my career that I felt so attached to.
It wasn’t until late 2016 that I once again started thinking about what the future could look like. With the benefit of some self reflection I’d now known myself more than I had ever before; my analytical skill set, my experience with building a complex investment portfolio with various challenging transactions within that, and that I really enjoyed working with people to deliver both professional and personal success. Finally the penny dropped and the answer was obvious, that I should pursue what I was thinking all those years ago and become a mortgage broker!
Along with the self reflection I do need to declare that with the momentum that our own portfolio and subsequent developments had gained, this put me in a position of “Freedom”. That was financial freedom; which enabled me to take a risk and leave a high paying career to start a new business centered on helping others achieve their objectives.
So clearly I’ve named the business in respect to this, but I think it is a term completely relevant to everyone. What does Freedom mean to you?
(Pictured myself & my wife Melissa at a good friend’s wedding. I should mention that was quite some years ago!)