I wonder if I can ask this question without sounding like an idiot.
Of course, I'm not afraid of sounding like an idiot. But I try not to if I can avoid it.
So for the first post of this new attempt at a blog, I thought I would start at the beginning. “Begin at the beginning”, Lewis Carroll once wrote.
Let's try to summarize the answer (without examining my soul too deeply).
I recently left a 20+ year career in technology (mostly development, architecture and team leadership) to embark on a new chapter of my career.
That of an educator.
I've actually been teaching online for 3+ years before this. But now I'm able to finally make the leap from “working for someone else” to “working for myself”.
I'm not sure why that sounds scary. It shouldn't be. After all this time, I should have confidence in my own ability to provide my technical knowledge in exchange for money.
But my ability to predict 5, 10, 15 years in the future has never been flawless.
So this blog will attempt to document my ups, downs, ins and outs of going it on my own.
I want to get in the habit of writing, and writing on this blog should be the easiest writing of all.
I still have to write for my students, and potential students. I have to write technical posts and ad copy. I have to create information products worthy of charging money for.
Lots of writing and work to do.
But I want to be able to just pop in here a couple of times per week and provide an honest reflection of this journey for me.
This journey from working for someone else to being entirely self-employed.
I look forward to the road ahead. I'm excited. And I'm happy to share with you where this road leads.
Because I think the uncertainty and (a little) fear is a common feeling when going from so-called safety of a 9-5 job, to so-called independence.
I don't see that reflected in a lot of business writing online.
Of course, I'm really confident that I will be fine this year, and next year, and the next.
But how do I set myself up for a lifetime of success? How do I get to a point where I don't ever need to think about going back?
That, is the question.