What Should you do when Opportunity Knocks?

Less than a year ago, I was laid off from what had turned into a dead end job. I once thought I would help create a whole department for the company, but the funding and attention wasn’t there. Eventually, the funding wasn’t even there for me. I found a new job in less than a year and again, I had the same dreams. Finally, here was a place in which I could grow a whole marketing team. Unfortunately, this job came with its own instability. Unlike the previous position, it directly threatened me and no one else. Loving the job, not wanting to leave, I put my name out there just in case. Then, opportunity came knocking.

I have never been one to refuse an opportunity. Always, I have embraced the idea that chasing dreams is the best way to live. Knowing what makes you happy, what you want and then going for those things is always best. So, when my name snagged an opportunity, an opportunity that came with co-workers I already knew, a significantly higher salary, a shorter commute, greater control over my projects, the absence of toxic people AND the distant hope that I could help build a marketing team, how could I say no?

By the time you read this, I will be employed by that opportunity. A part of me wonders what my old coworkers think. Was it for the money? Was it loyalty? Was something too strict or someone too mean?

The truth is none of those things. The truth is that I came upon an opportunity I couldn’t refuse, that offered me the chance to spread my wings further and advance in my career. You always take a chance when changing jobs, but I felt this was a chance I had to take. In a way, the option to stay included larger risks. Would my intuition be right and the instability land me where I was a year ago? Would my salary remain the same even as the department grew? Would traffic get worse and worse on the highway? Would I ever be able to do anything without fighting a battle?

I once heard millennials are less loyal than before. They say my generation will have five different careers in their lifetime – not just jobs, whole careers! The days where a person worked at a company for decades, until the day they retire, are gone. Until this very moment, I thought myself the opposite. I would love to work at the same company for decades. That’s still true, but I also know what I want. I answer opportunity with a courageous “yes!” I do all this, in the hopes that I will find that job I can settle into. And by settle, I mean the job where I can grow my career, taking me to greater and greater heights.

You could say I’ve always been this ambitious. I’ve worried I’m too ambitious and then quickly been told never to lose this quality. Indeed, my ambition is what allows me to chase down every crazy idea that comes into my head and to try new things. Is it even possible to be too ambitious?

I’m sure Icarus knows the answer to that question all too well.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little afraid of melting my wings, yet, I’ve felt this way about every change in life. In the end, I say you should always go for every opportunity that knocks so long as it is truly an opportunity. Make sure everything feels right, consider where you are and where an alleged opportunity will take you. If all signs say go, grab the bull by the horns! Life waits for no one and dreams are only achieved when you’re willing to take a chance.

Have you ever taken an opportunity despite fears or worries? How did that work out for you? When it comes to your career, what would you do if another company offered to hire you in a position with more responsibility and with a higher salary? Would you take the chance?

Should Dr. Oz be Removed from His Position as Professor of Surgery at Columbia University?

Dr. Oz has come under fire, recently, with a number of doctors trying to have him removed from his position as professor of surgery at Columbia University. From what I can tell, they claim his show promotes scientifically disproven and unproven methods to gain better health. From what I have heard of Dr. Oz’s rebuttal, he says his show is about hope and about explore all the different ideas in health. It is not strictly a medical show. This has me again thinking about health, which is a dangerous thing when you think about it. People discuss health like religion, holding fast to their belief and becoming easily offended when confronted.

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Are there Standard Procedures for Romantic Relationships?

When I wrote about How to Tell Your Catholic Parents you’re Moving in with your Boyfriend last week, a commenter who disagreed with my decision suggested every relationship, no matter how unique, must go through “standard procedures.” He was respectful in his disagreement and this post is in no way intended to bash or disrespect him. It’s just that his words made me think. Are there indeed standard procedures that every relationship must have and, if so, what are they?

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How to Tell Catholic Parents You’re Moving in with Your Bofriend

Oh the joys of having well-meaning Catholic parents. I don’t have a problem with religion or parents trying to do what’s best for their child. Yet, every child reaches an age where they start to make their own decisions. Once you become a legal adult, move out of your parents house and experience the world, you may find yourself with opinions different from your parents. Cohabitation is strongly frowned upon in the Catholic church and for some reason the church likes to complain about that more than the number of homeless, sick and suffering. I’m not hear to judge though, I’m here to tell you what happened when I told my parents I was moving in with my boyfriend. Believe me, I Googled for advice when I first made this decision and I would like to add my two cents. Maybe my experience can give you some good ideas on how to tell your Catholic parents you want to move in with your boyfriend.

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Police Violence: What Crimes Deserve the ‘Death Penalty’?

At what point has someone committed an act so heinous that they deserve the death penalty? Is it when they set off bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, or when they run from the police officer that just pulled them over? Over the past few months and longer, there has been a lot on the news about police officers using excessive force that ends up killing an American citizen. Recently, there was an event where a cop, perused a man who ran from a car he pulled over, shot him multiple times in the back and then planted a taser on him so he could claim he feared for his life. People are saying that, if someone hadn’t been recording this event, the cop would have gotten away with it. I actually wonder if that was the nail in this guy’s coffin. Even with a camera recording, could he have gotten away with it if only he didn’t illegally plant evidence?

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