A man’s faith is tested many times before he is crowned with final victory.
In 2012, I was unemployed. I was living with my dad in Richmond, Virginia for 10 months. Collecting $250 a week for unemployment. My day to day consisted of job applications, emails, studying (Leadership 101, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The Defining Decade), and recruiting as a sports agent. I made these tasks my job for 3-4 hours a day. Its said “great success is reached through a plan and not quite enough time.” Well, without a job it required military-like discipline to sustain a healthy routine and I struggled with that for a long time. I really only hung out with three friends in 2012 and it wasn’t often. I traveled a lot during these months for various reasons (Career Fairs, Conferences, Recruiting, Family). The adventures were sort of a coping mechanism for me. I knew getting into new environments was the best way for me to grow and create opportunities for myself. I had some coins stashed away so the money I spent was an investment in myself. Travel boosted my morale because it kept me working. The most intimidating thing about being unemployed is that you realize No one is coming to save you.
“…This is one of the most frustrating times of my entire life. I don’t understand why this is happening to ME. Where did I go wrong? It shouldn’t be this difficult to get a job with a masters degree. Not that I’m even thrilled about going to work for somebody else, I need income. Have I not done enough?! Kanye moments “…like man THESE n****s that much better than Me?!” What am I supposed to learn from this? It’s even gotten to the point that my pops is concerned, asking “So what are you going to do? Hear back from any jobs?”. All I can say is “I’m working on it.” and “In due time.” My dad and grandmother seem worried, but I’m not. I feel ok actually. I feel free. Free from time consuming, underpaid bondage. The only things I do not like right now is not being able to concisely tell people what I do when I meet them and the feeling that I’m not fulfilling my purpose. Oh, and these weak ass student loans… My time is coming. Just gotta put my Mind to this…”
With years of Nike experience and a Master’s degree, my resume left me over qualified for local employment. To be honest, I chose to stay unemployed until I was offered something of value to my plans. I left the Nike loop to finish grad school and getting back on board was the plan. I did my best to stay in touch with Nike reps. Patiently waiting for the right opportunity, I finally got a phone interview for the EKIN Chicago. It was a Home Run! I waited 2 months confidently just to get an email on April 15th saying “While your qualifications are impressive, regrettably, we need to let you know that there are other candidates that more closely match our needs for the EKIN position.” Huh?! I was down and kicked! But I couldn’t afford to let it discourage me. I don’t really let people see me down. I stayed grateful for the freedom and valuable time spent with my Pops. He wasn’t in the greatest of health so the timing of all of this was conjointly a blessing. Funny, literally a week later I got offered a position as Nike Brand Coordinator for the Dick’s Sporting Goods stores in Central Virginia. Hey, I prayed for Nike and God gave me Nike. Glad to know my God has a sense of humor. Five months later I got a promotion to DC. Ten months later I’m here sharing this Journal entry with you…
I do hope that you understand; I’m Just a Student with a Message.