Welcome to the Unemployment Blog.
Upfront, I should say then when I say “unemployed” I really mean “not taking a pay check to work for somebody else.” So why not call it the “Not Taking a Pay Check to Work for Somebody Else Blog” – come on – how is the SEO going to work for that 😉
I do want to point this out early though because I don’t feel unemployed in the sense of not being able to earn a living. And, I know that is not the case for a lot of unemployed people today. This blog will never intend to make light of the situation of those having a hard time making ends meet. It really is not intended to be the point. That is clearly a serious situation for many.
So, what is the point?
Well, for the first time in my adult life, I find myself in the situation of not being employed by someone as “staff” and getting a regular pay check in that manner. And I have to tell you, it is really liberating. For reasons I cannot contractually discuss, I do have a regular source of income for some period of time, so I am not naive to the role this plays in my feeling of “freedom.”
With this time to reflect, I see three options in front of me. They are not mutually exclusive from each other, but each deserves significant consideration for its’ own merit.
These options are:
(1) “Hang a shingle” and become an independent management consultant. (As you will see in future posts, I have starting dabbling here already)
(2) Start a company from scratch.
(3) Go work for someone again.
The point of the blog will be to outline the journey of discovery of which option – or which combination of options – makes the most sense. Kind of a daily diary of the highs, lows, laughs, set-backs, moments of elation, incidences of crushing defeat … you get the point.
Let me end with my personal guiding principles before closing off this initial blog.
(1) I want to be part of a team that creates a product and/or service that will change a market; make people’s live better or easier.
(2) Work with like-minded people who want to get up out of the bed everyday and make themselves better and make the world around them a better place. People who feel a duty to do so, in fact.
(3) Spend as close to zero hours a day on low value conversations and activities as possible. Low value conversations and activities being anything that don’t relate to points 1 and 2. These conversations are often referred to as politics 🙂
’til next time … Kirk, out