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T-Minus Two Weeks to Launch [Productivity Guild]

2018-07-23 — less than 1 minute read

The last four weeks have been an exercise in mental health. I’ll be honest — I really love my current job. My team is fantastic, my boss is a great mentor, and the company has been really flexible. There’s been a real up and down cycle of excitement and deep sadness throughout the process of leaving.

I’m documenting my journey into free agency starting this week over on the Productivity Guild. I’d love for you to follow along.


A Free Agent

2018-07-21 — 2 minute read

I’ve had a dream on my heart for a number of years, and it’s finally coming true. I’m becoming a free agent.

Yes, indeed it’s true. August 3rd is my last day working for my current employer, and I’m off to make it being self-employed! It is a bit of a crazy story, but I’ll do my best to share it.

I’ve had a long-standing passion for the web and its many facets and uses, starting in middle school playing online games against friends, all the way into computers, networking, and development, which I got my Bachelors in.

Upon graduation from college, I moved to Bemidji, MN at the height of the Great Recession, so jobs were lacking. Additionally, the tech scene in Bemidji wasn’t all that hopping at the time. It’s a pretty small, rural town, so it’s a little behind the cutting edge. Thankfully, I eventually found a job in IT, which led me to where I am today.

My wife and I have two kids — a 2.5 year old and a 5 month old. It’s been a blessing to have my wife on maternity leave for a long period, but that must end 😢. She had some training to complete, so we had to send our 5mo old to daycare. As a result, we lost our spot in daycare altogether (long story), which threw us for a loop.

Meanwhile, I had been doing some side work as a developer for a friend of mine. We had been messaging back and forth, and turns out he could bring me on to do long term contract development work for exactly what I needed! 🙌

So thus began the long venture of asking, re-asking, and asking again the big question — can we really make this work?

I spent probably a week in a large mindmap trying to vet out all the possibilities and questions I’d need answers to. Lo and behold, the answer was yes.

It couldn’t have been more perfect — the right opportunity at the right time, a person to backfill my position easily at my current job, and a dream in my heart about to be fulfilled.

I’m currently at Macstock, excited to introduce myself for the first time to new people as an entrepreneur.

If you’re now a free agent, or are going on the journey yourself like I am, hit me up. I’d be glad to hear from you.

In the words of Leeroy Jenkins (I’m dating myself here) — let’s do this!


A Year In Review: 2017

2017-12-10 — 1 minute read

If I could describe 2017 in one word, it would be “transition.”

I changed jobs, moved churches, and found out my wife and I are having a second child.

It’s interesting as my one word for the year was “surrender.” I’ve had to do a lot of surrendering this year — my own plans, ambitions, ideas of how things would go. Everything’s changed and I’m okay with that.

Accomplishments

Things I Learned

I spent some time reviewing my journal this week. It’s not a practice I typically engage in, though I’ve heard it is helpful to do so. I noticed a few themes I learned over the year.

  1. Don’t engage the political battle in your workplace. Recognize it, but cut your own path by genuinely caring for people.
  2. Want to see change? Give and seek consistent, quality feedback with those around you.
  3. If you’re in a new position or environment, seek to understand it, then start building processes to improve and maintain your desired end result.
  4. Find out how you work best and do that, not just what other people say works for them.
  5. Investing in proper ergonomics is worth it, especially if you primarily work on a computer.
  6. Surround yourself with people “cut from the same cloth.” It’s essential to gaining forward momentum.
  7. Position your heart attitude for the day; it will determine the outcome of your day every time.
  8. Life is an iterative journey. Don’t think you have to have it all figured out on day one. Start and improve from there.
  9. As a parent and spouse, intentionality is critical. Intentional time, words, responses, often thought through ahead of time instead of just in the moment.