A little over a year ago I posted about an upcoming career change that I was embarking on. I’m not at all the kind of person that likes to bounce around from job to job nor am I a huge risk taker when it comes to matters of finance, career growth and personal change. However, sometimes life happens, and sometimes things happen beyond your control that put you into a position of having to pull back the reins and get things in order once again, even if you have to take a risk to do it. To that end, I am heading down a path that I’ve not even so much as entertained the idea of let alone had the guts to pursue. I am changing jobs again.
This change is much needed for various reasons which I don’t need to go into here. But let me just say that while I look back on the last year of my work with mixed emotions, when I look forward I look on with excitement, butterflies and a determination to make some magic happen. I am leaving the comfort of something stable for the vast wonderland of something that is far from proven. I am taking a risk. A big risk. But one I absolutely need to take at this point in my life.
Starting next week I will be the lead architect and head engineer of a niche marketing company in Concord. I will be working a short term contact with long term potential and will be able to make an immediate, very visible impact of the business operations of the company. I will be a part owner and I will be responsible for making business, technology, architecture, implementation and deployment decisions the likes of which I’ve yet to do in my career. I’m more than a little nervous about that. But I am also more than a little excited about that.
There is just something about looking out over the great expanse of the unknown and seeing for yourself what that landscape looks like. Then stepping off the ledge of safety into that unknown, preparing to face all sorts of unexpected happenings and trusting in yourself to not only get through it but kick ass along the way to a major victory in your life. Yeah, I feel like a boxer throwing punches in the locker room just before a title fight. This is going to be freaking awesome and I am looking forward to it.
I do have to say however that there are some people I will miss from my current employer. While I’ve only been here a year I have had a chance to develop some strong professional and personal relationships with some amazing people that do some amazing things day in and day out. I’ve had to work with these folks daily, supporting them, being challenged by them and working with them collaboratively to achieve common goals and mutual awesomeness:
- Ravi – Dude, I don’t know how you manage to do what you do every day without blowing a gasket. You only have two hands yet you work like an army of employees daily, getting things done by yourself that I’ve seen entire teams not get done at all.
- Jay – I’ve had more fun working with you, talking with you, debating with you and collaborating with you than anyone else in the office. You are a great developer and I see big things for your future. Also? Competing in triathlons? Bad. Ass.
- Fai – You are a gifted and talented front end designer and developer. Don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise. You have an eye for style, color, relationships of objects… all of it. You were an asset to our company from the day you came on board.
- Kim – What can I say dude, you are just bad ass from top to bottom. You get things done, you handle your business, you see a need before the client does and have an amazing work ethic. Any company would be blessed to have you on their team. It has been a tremendous pleasure working with you. And don’t cover up those tattoos. If there isn’t a handbook saying you have to there isn’t a rule saying you have to.
- Adrian – Bro, you made my job so much more bearable, so much more sane. I’m glad we had a chance to work together, and I am glad you always brought a positive spin to the table every single day. Even if things were awful in my office, you coming over made things better. I hope you realize what an asset you are. Thanks for making my job as wonderful as you did bro.
And there you have it… news of yet another change in my life. So many changes in such a short period of time… and they aren’t done yet. Just you wait and see.