Growing up, my dream had always been to work up a corporate ladder and become a senior executive, perhaps a big-company CEO. Even while I was in college I had this as my goal, thinking I’d take the expatriote route and go overseas for a number of years.
Of course, life happened, and my well-thought-out career path to that corner office took a number of detours. The last major detour was when I got laid off in 2006, and then started my own company (the same year).
I thought that my company would JUST provide web software for people interested in career management, relationship management, job hunters, and possibly work with HR and recruiters. Within a year I was writing a book, and even speaking.
I wanted to be careful to not spread myself too thin, but as my own boss, I loved the ability to figure out which new opportunities would be complementary to JibberJobber’s goals, and which would be distractions. It was fun to figure out what my company could do, become, offer. I was a real entrepreneur!
You know what’s great about that? I remember in my last role, the CEO/founder of Varsity looked at me and said “YOU ARE NOT AN ENTREPRENEUR!” He made it very clear that I didn’t have what it took, like he did. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.
I’m an entrepreneur. I love it. It’s not easy, but it’s empowering… it’s exciting, it’s liberating, and I love it!
The same way I make decisions about my company, you make decisions about your career path. In fact, owning my business right now is simply a step in my career path. No matter what you are doing right now, whether you are CEO of a big company, unemployed, happy or unhappy… YOU make decisions about your career path.
Do you stay? What do you learn right now? What will your year (or quarter) look like? Are there partnerships you are in that don’t make sense, and others you need to work harder on? Is your income diversified enough (to minimize risk)?
Whatever you choose to do as CEO of Me, Inc., please do it ON PURPOSE. Don’t shirk your duties as CEO!