Some people call me T or Ty, or as the ladies like to call me, “hey you behind the bushes” (Simpsons joke.) I am 30 and would probably classify myself as a spontaneous and creative person with an eye for innovation and desire to always better myself – but that was not always the case.
I graduated from University in 2008 with a degree in marketing and couldn’t find a job in my field for nearly 5 years so like many graduates in my generation I went back to the job I did before University hoping the economical storm would soon blow over. I was diagnosed with an incurable rheumatoid arthritis condition and went back to stacking shelves at a grocery store for 4 years living from month to month watching my confidence drain like water down a drain.
In 2012 the disappointment of what my promising young life had become finally caught up with me. My health, work situation and family matters all collided which led to me going on one helluva life changing adventure. When I got back I decided to take control of my life and take a few more risks. A temporary job I would never normally have applied for turned into a 3 year full-time job and became the catalyst to kick start my career.
I began to open up more as a person, make new friends and ‘network’ and in doing so I started to find doors opening up with new opportunities. I had rediscovered my confidence – I had found my smile. A few years later I bought myself a computer and decided to teach myself how to design websites.
In 2014 I launched my own digital marketing company and again via networking, things began to snowball. I landed a job at a local Police Force in a role that I could have only achieved down to the culmination of my degree and the experiences that I had created from scratch since 2012.
There has not been a life lesson more eye-opening than the realisation that anything or anywhere tangible, is possible. In the end your end goal is only ever focus, distance and/or time away. There is something so freeing realising that we are in control of where we choose to go.
That is where I am today, I am young and it is early yet but I have learned so much and am loving where I have taken my life. I appreciate the huge differences in “go-getting” and waiting for things to happen. I have learned that the latter is very unlikely to happen without teaching yourself how to build some doors first.