5 Critical Signs You’re Not Living The Life You Want To Live

Craig Stanland
3 min readMar 30, 2022

I worked in the corporate world for about 14 years before being arrested by the FBI and going to prison.

I was a “Senior Enterprise Account Manager” for a large technology firm.

In the simplest terms, I sold all the stuff that makes the internet work to the most significant financial firms in the world.

The job taught me to hate Sundays.

Mostly because I was dreading Monday.

Monday mornings were our weekly sales calls.

Was I on track to hit my monthly target? Could I bring in extra business to make up for others’ shortfalls?

I hated these calls.

Then my email was a separate issue.

What was waiting for me in my inbox?

What was the laundry list of customer demands, management requests, and other assorted nonsense?

I’d check my phone all weekend to alleviate the stress, but in doing so, I was chipping away at my weekends.

The very weekends I spent all week hoping and praying for.

PS: I know I’m not the only one, and I know this is pretty much the status quo for anyone in the corporate world.

But, this is perhaps the worst part of the equation:

I didn’t like my job.

When anyone would ask me, “Do you like what you do?” my answer was always the same:

“No, I don’t like my job. I like what my job affords me.”

There was no fulfillment, no joy, no purpose or meaning.

Only money, and a tremendous amount at that.

I thought that would be enough. I thought the money and the status would be enough.

Hell, it should be enough.

That’s what we’re told, get the good job, work your ass off, get the promotions, land the big deals, drive the BMWs, own the gorgeous house, eat at the best restaurants, wear the nicest watches and clothes.

That’s what it’s all about. That should be enough.

If it’s not enough, there’s something wrong with you.

Craig Stanland

I write about my journey from corporate success to federal prison and finding joy, mission, meaning, and fulfillment beyond professional and financial success.