That Moment When the Risk Becomes Worth It

by Berrak on September 18, 2012

I haven’t been writing very much lately – at least on this blog. It’s been a combination of personal issues and the challenges of being a full-time solopreneur. I promised myself that I would work my ass off and never let up going after my dream. I’m not going to lie – it’s been hard.

Downright impossible.

There was a period of 3 months when I had no steady work and I saw my savings diminish.

When I made the decision to become a full-time freelancer and then a solopreneur, I made a promise to myself: Unless there was a project that truly spoke to me, I’d go back to working in a grocery store before going to an office job that made me miserable.

You guys, I don’t have a lot of savings. I’ve been working since I was 16 and I’ve had a lot of debt pile up. I’ve been paying for school out of pocket every semester for the last 4 years because I lost my scholarship. So the truth is, going after my dream required a lot of sacrifice. I’ve had a lot of judgment thrown my way. There have been days I applied to those office jobs.

I worked on pro-bono projects. I was an intern at 26. Sure, I used Twitter to change careers but that wasn’t enough. I had a lot to learn and a lot to prove, which is why I’ve been busting my ass for the last three years. I’ve been swimming in a sea of self-doubt, uncertainty, and fear.

But I kept swimming. I swam along with some of the greatest community managers out there, watching and learning.

For the last few weeks, I’ve been interviewing with two fantastic companies for a community manager position. For one of the companies, it was down to me and one other candidate. They chose the other candidate.

There aren’t enough words to express the anxiety I’ve felt after every round of interview with each company, and in my gut, I knew my hard work would pay off. The uncertainty was whether or not it would pay off now or would I need to work a little longer.

Are you wondering about the other company?

That would be the one who offered me a job. My first community to build from scratch for a start-up with a mission that aligns with my personal and professional aspirations.

I’m proud to announce that I’m the new Community Manager for Huddlewoo (Follow us on Facebook & Twitter!).

I’m excited. Terrified. Exhilarated. Proud.

So, a little about Huddlewoo. In short, Huddlewoo specializes in personal connections and wants to inspire personal greatness in everyone. Think of the people who inspire you – could be an author, artist, a prominent name in your respective industry. What if you had the opportunity to have a conversation with this person without having to travel to a conference or wait for them to come to your town for a book signing? The Huddlewoo platform gives ordinary people the extraordinary access to the people that inspire them to dream bigger in a scheduled live video format.

So you can see why I’m so excited. SO excited.

I invite you to join me in this journey. Be part of the community that I’m so proud to build around this platform and get in on the action on the ground level.

I promise the ride will be worth it.

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As far as my professional journey? I promise to keep sharing the story along the way.

  • http://twitter.com/WearingMascara Julie

    Congrats girlie! I’m so proud of you!!!

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    Berrak Reply:

    Thank you! :=)

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  • Alex

    I needed to read this! Wow, congratulations! I have also hit some ups and downs – dealing with debt, personal issues, family stuff and jobs. I’ve bounced around from job to job trying to find what fits. I even became an intern at the age of 30! I finally landed a full-time job about a year ago, only to realize that it was another ‘blah’ job. Back to square one it was, so I hit a bad rut. Then I figured, maybe if I keep busy or say ‘yes’ to everything, I will be okay. I took side gigs (while working full time) to remain excited about my industry (social media) and become a kick-ass biz lady in the making. Bad call! Taking on a lot taught me a few things, but I was tired – all. the. time! Sooner or later, depression hit and I was still in debt, unmotivated and overworked. Then I realized (thanks to amazing friends and a great bf) that good things don’t just happen to hard-working people. Hard-working people make things happen for themselves! So I let stuff go, began to say ‘no’ and started concentrating on myself. I got a career coach, hired a professional to revamp my resume, even bought a self-help book, started exercising, booked a vacay (that will hopefully happen next month) and registered for a few classes.

    Good luck to you, Berrak. I hope to write a post like this soon. We don’t personally know each other, but I’m glad you shared your story. Huddlewoo is lucky to have you!

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    Berrak Reply:

    Thanks for sharing your story with me!

    Making sure that you don’t neglect yourself is definitely key! I’ve had a lot of lows the past few years, and when I started taking care of myself was when things start turning around professionally as well.

    I wish you the best! It sounds like things are starting to turn around for you. If I can ever help with anything, please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email =)

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  • http://superduperfantastic.com/ suki

    congrats on the new opportunity! :-)

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    Berrak Reply:

    Thank you!!

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