Thanks!ezdzit247 wrote:Hi Walt and congratulations on 2 years of sobriety!homelesswalt wrote:
I've also written a book, and hope to publish it with myself back where I started career wise. And this time, I have a "fire" that's pushing me to work harder, and smarter than I did pre-alcohol. Also, I didn't know that AA discouraged advice that's not considered "sobriety maintenance." I do know that according to AA, I'm supposed to say "I'm powerless over alcohol," and know that had I actually felt or been powerless over alcohol, I would have never given it up, choosing life instead. Additionally, if it's true that AA discourages the kind of advice from other members who are asking for help getting back what was lost, I'm a little perplexed by that. Moreover, I would almost wonder if the person could ultimately develop a screw it attitude, and go back to their old comfort zone - slow death via alcohol. Bill W was a stock broker just like I was. I would hope if he were here today, he'd have something more to say than "we discourage discussions that aren't directly related to maintaining sobriety."
The best career advice I ever received was from my father who told me to choose work that I loved to do because if I did that it would always be fun for me and not work. The second best advice I got was from reading a book written by Aldous Huxley in which he posited that no one should work any longer than five years in any one occupation before they took a break and did something different. Those two bits of wisdom have served me well, especially in sobriety. When I finally got sober at age 29, I really didn't know what I wanted to do career wise but staying sober and working the program gave me the quality time I needed to finally get to know myself, review my options and choose something I loved, something I never had the courage to do before because I'd always let financial necessity determine my choices. I chose sales & marketing and dove into the deep end not knowing whether I would sink or swim. Turned out all the skills I needed to be successful were already hard wired into my DNA and it was just a matter of exposing myself to challenges in this field to bring them out of me. If the career you've chosen for yourself stirs your passion, challenges your intellect and you love it.....go for it!
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I liked the job, but not sure if I loved it. Was a constant struggle meeting production requirements, plus me drinking then. Is food for thought! Is funny. Since becoming homeless, then working my way out of it (barely,) I bounced around a little since becoming sober. Usually lived in one place for years, decades, etc., but since becoming sober, Florida, Austin TX, Los Angeles, and Charleston WV. Maybe I need to slow down to a move every five years with new job lol!