This is the song that never ends...: Should I stay or should I go

This is the song that never ends...

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Should I stay or should I go

Work has been a bit hectic, if not downright scary, and it’s also that time which puts me in a delightful mood.

In other news, I’m going for a job interview next Wednesday. It’s for a local gym in Canada and they’re looking for personal trainers. I’m not certified, yet, but have been toying with the idea for a VERY long time. I eat, drink, sleep and breathe health, fitness and nutrition and would love the opportunity to make it something that I do for a living. Ties in nicely with my ultimate goal of pediatric endocrinology. There are a couple downsides that I can see to a position like this:

  1. It can be very ‘sales-y’. People are running on the treadmill, doing their own thang, and there’s you, bugging them to try and get them to utilize your training services. Plus, I would imagine there’s a fair bit of telemarketing involved. Although-it’s like my husband always says, “I can sell anything if I believe in it…” That’s kinda where I’m at with this one. I believe in it and preach it already, so why not throw it in everyone’s faces? Ha…
  2. Initial compensation is L-O-W. From what the manager at the gym told me, it’s very ‘entrepreneurial’. Yeah, that’s what we would tell the new life insurance agents at my old job. Basically, that means you ain’t makin’ no dough for a while, sweetie. You have to build up a client base and nevermind the fact that I probably won’t even be able to legally train anyone until I get some certifications under my belt.

Uggghhhh….. I just gotta get out of this vicious cycle of shitty office jobs. They’re the golden handcuffs for me. The money is manageable, but the tasks and management are unbelievably stupid and stagnant with no willingness toward change. And I’ve always daydreamed about someday starting up a personal training biz’. The nice thing about it being at the gym is the ability to use their equipment. That’s one of the biggest money-savers. Sure, you could travel to the homes of stay-at-home moms and do plyometrics, but there’s just something great about being in a ‘gym’ atmosphere. I don’t know…. I think I have a lot of contemplating to do right now…..

On another topic, the low-carbing is working well for me. Getting rid of the sugar has lifted the fog from my brain and kept the TOM water-weight monster away. In fact, I'm down 4 pounds since Monday. I've been running with a friend after work (dang it's cold, y'all!) and have been pseudo-training her, also.

"When it comes time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home."

Chief Aupumut, Mohican 1725

3 Comments:

  • At 7:19 PM , Anonymous antejay said...

    OK so I wrote this earlier, but I don't see it sooooo I will send it again........I worked for Manpower as a customer service rep. for about a year......it all but burnt me out and drained my drive in the business office world, My advice is to move on and never look back, you will not regret it.......

     
  • At 1:52 PM , Blogger PhitLee said...

    I can't tell you how refreshing it is to hear someone else say it. It really is terribly draining and the sad part is that you start to just hate everyone who walks in the door. You'd think that it would be a thank'ful' job, but it's really thank'less'.

     
  • At 3:01 PM , Blogger PartTimeMom said...

    "golden handcuffs" I've never heard that term before - it's excelent and exactly describes how I feel about my job/career. I'm in IT and while the market has taken a hit it still pays well (especially if you have 17 years experiance like I do) Walking away from that? BLEH.

    Hope you get your answer - sounds like fun!

     

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