I Am Back and Loving It!

Yeah, it has been four and a half months since I last posted to let you know that I lost my job.  When it happened, I decided to stop!  Stop everything and evaluate where I am in life and what I wanted to do next.   I needed to get away for a while and that is what I did.  I spent time in the Sierra Nevada mountain range and kicked around Asia for a while.    Now, I am back and I want to share where I was and what I am doing now.

I decided to focus on getting another 6 figure job and not skip a beat.  Things where going well.  I was interviewing and had landed a few job offers with global organizations.  I had what some may consider dream jobs offers, VP of this or Director of that.  I turned them all down.  By mid September, I knew I did not want to do go back into a multi-billion dollar organization.  I did not want the politics and I certainly did not want the hours.  OK, strike that off the list.

In mid September, I traveled to the Sierras to reflect on what I really wanted.  I decided that I wanted to join an early stage or start up company.  I wanted to be part of top management in a cool company with a great culture and do some good in the world.  I went to find that company and actually found a lot of them.  I talked with many of them about how I could grow their companies.  I focused on four of them and they all wanted me to come work with them.  I felt really invigorated, but something was not right.  I took off for Asia and thought about my future some more.  Sure, I have found the companies and culture that I wanted, but I wanted to work with all of them.

I got back in the States in late October and talked with the four companies about joining each of them through a retainer arrangement.  They all agreed and I started my own business to work with them all. I wanted to outline my rules for working with them, so I created rules for myself.

  1. I would not devote more than 25% of my time to any one of them.
  2. I would not work more than 35 hours per week.
  3. I would have flexibility to spend time with my family even during the day
  4. I would have flexibility and spend time pursing starting other ventures, angel investing or volunteering.

I am about 6 weeks into my new business and achieving all the goals I have set out for myself.  I have four customers, working about 30 to 35 hours per week.  I am spending more time with my family and I am working on a few business ideas, joined an angel investing group and volunteer as a coach in various sports.  I have accomplished all this and have replicated my six figure income.

Life is good heading into this holiday season.  I am all set for 2012. I don’t know where life will take me, but at least I know I will enjoy the ride.




0 Responses to I Am Back and Loving It!

    • Thank you krantcents. Things are definitely looking up, but never really looked that bad. I just needed to figure out what to do next.

  1. Congratulations! I think if we all don’t take time off in life to think things through than we might end up on the wrong path. Unfortunately many people don’t do this…but when you’re laid off you are forced into it. I’ve been laid off twice and both were God sends.

    Happy 2012!

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