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!