|Headline:||"It's fun to do the Impossible" - Walt Disney|
|Description:||My Name is Ben McQuade, I am 46 years old, Have driven a truck for 23 years, married for 19 years, my 2 passions in life are bowling and becoming an entrepreneur.|
I've been with the same company for 17 years and through 3 corporations and each and every time I've rolled into a new corporation the demands on me increased and have taken their toll on me personally and emotionally.
Back in Sept 2003 I decided to take a new direction in my life to get back what I've lost, my free time is the biggest, not being able to attend family functions, take week long trips with my wife Donna (which I haven't done since 2000), and most of all, be able to make some real money.
Now don't get me wrong, my job pays well, I have benefits and a pension, but the bottom line is this, In this day and age what I make (about $70,000 a year) is not enough to support me and my family.
I have to report to work every day at 3:30am est m-f, and have to work till the scheduled work for the day is complete and sometimes I work 12-14 hours, or roughly 60-70 hours a week.
Basically, I want my life back, I don't want to have to answer to a boss, (and by the way, a boss is just a higher paid employee) and because of my daily schedule, I miss out on so many things in order to maintain my way of living (mortgage, bills, expenses), and in the process, I lose out on going to dinner parties, sporting events, and most of all, participating in tournaments.
The Corporate world is no longer dedicated to the health and well being of it's employees, which makes it impossible to create and maintain loyalty, and not just blue collar workers like myself, the people who crossed over to management, in fact they are under even more pressure than me to perform, and by the way, I rejected a promotion 3 times because being educated in corporate policy, I saw the increased demands and pressure my superiors were dealt.
To make a long story short, there is only a limited future working for other people, and I realize this and I'm doing something about it.
Money doesn't make the world go round. . . But it does pay for the trip.