No, I haven’t been born again. I’m talking about the corporate devil. I’m no longer willing or interested in a full-time job in corporate America. I’m walking away. Today I’m officially launching my own company — Sprauve-Harrison Communications, a public relations consultancy.
Why now? It just feels right. I’m at a point in my career where I want to use my PR “super powers” for good. I want to work with companies and people that I’m excited about. And I want the opportunity to do my best work. Work that is appreciated and helps my clients grow and prosper.
For the last six months, I’ve had the luxury of the time and energy to evaluate my life from many angles. It’s been an amazing time filled with incredible highs and sobering lows, but a period of personal growth I wouldn’t trade for anything. I’ve spent a lot of that time thinking about my next chapter. Do I want to write it myself or do I want to have it dictated to me because that would be easier. Well we all know I’m not one to take the easy way out about anything. I am taking a huge leap of faith and every bone in my body is shaking with excitement. I always had plenty of reasons not to start my own business — I’m too social to work alone. I do my best work in collaboration with others. I need the structure of a 9-5 gig. Blah, blah, blah. Slowly, I began to realize those were actually all the right reasons to start my own business. I’m creative. I’m a hustler. I make shit happen.
Besides that, I have an incredibly broad and supportive personal and professional network from San Francisco to Seattle; Los Angeles to New York; Boston to DC; and a lot of places in between. And I believe in my heart that they all want to see me succeed. I’m passionate about what I do and I’m damn good at it. I love a challenge and solving a problem. And I’ve got skills and expertise that companies would kill to have a piece of. I can honestly say that I’ve never been more excited — or scared — in my adult professional life.
I know this will be a journey, like so many others, with ups and downs, stumbles and successes. But like every journey I’ve been on, it will mold me and ultimately make me better. How could I pass up that opportunity?
I’m ready Coach. Put me in the game. Giddy up!