My Manifesto

While I am not religiously following StartupNation's 10 Steps to Open For Business anymore, one thing I did take away from it was coming up with a Life Plan. And one part of the Life Plan was to come up with a manifesto as it relates to life and career. This is my current manifesto: Don’t regret because of fear. To work on something I enjoy, being responsible for my successes and failures as a result. Not having to work in an old, outdated corporate environment. Having work structured around my personal life and wants. Ensure work is a close second to family, but still second, never first. All is equal in the work environment. Living somewhere I am proud to call home.

May be kind of lame, but I think it encompasses a lot.

I think the first sentence is very telling. For example, it is scary quitting your "secure" corporate job and going out on your own. But, if you have a plan in place, the proper resources, and the desire, you shouldn't fear it. Now, I am not telling everyone to quit their job (and quitting a job is not for everyone). Money and feeding yourself and family are still a big time necessity in this world. So you need a plan of attack and resources (e.g. savings, a working spouse, etc.). But if you have these things, and you have the right mentality, go for it. You would hate to regret it later on.

And "All is equal in the work environment" really means that there is no in-your-face notion of a hierarchy at work. For example, offices for the higher ups, 3x3 cubicles for the grunts. I understand that decision makers must exist, and in the end it is up to them to make the final call on things, but you don't have to be so blunt about it.

I think the rest is pretty self-explanatory.

It won't hurt me to revisit this from time to time to make sure I am still living by the messages contained in the manifesto.

What do you think?

Moving On; Out With the Old, In With the New

Today was my first day without a corporate job to go to. I started my part time contracting assignment. I sat in a coffee shop (ironic because I don't drink coffee) and did some work. I worked a good 5 hours and got more than I thought I would done. There was a refreshing feeling to the whole thing. Very freeing in many ways. Now, this could be because it is a new experience, and like most new experiences there is a sense of excitement. Maybe it was the fact that I wasn't driving over 100 miles today ;-) . Time will tell if this is just a fleeting feeling or if it is something that can become a long term way of life.

One thing I do know, is that I am done talking about former job. It's in the past. I am going to avoid all new blog posts about it, if I can so avoid it (but I will continue to answer comments to older posts).

I have moved on and am now going to talk about the present and the future. I just feel better knowing that.

Well, I Am Off To Smaller and Worser Things

People always say they are off to bigger and better things. Since I don't really know if that is going to be the case, I figure I would mix it up a little bit. :-) So, I am officially corporately unemployed. I had my exit interview today at 10 AM. By the way, that really wasn't a pleasant experience. More on that later, maybe.

Anyway, I have some temporary contract work lined up for the next three or so months to keep "putting food on the table" while we get our life in order. Where we go both professionally and physically is still up in the air though -- it can be anything from staying put in North Carolina and both of us starting our own businesses, to moving west with one working in the corporate world and the other partnering up on an opportunity, to other combinations (although it looks like it will only be North Carolina or the West coast)

A lot will be known in the next few weeks, possibly days.

And, yeah, I know "worser" is not a word ;-)

T Minus 0.5 days

Well, it is about 12 hours until my exit interview (10 AM Friday morning). There they will surely ask me why I decided to leave, what I liked and disliked about the company and rip what is really their possessions away from me (laptop, phone, etc.) I have submitted my last work related stuff to my manager and team. I have nearly made my laptop ready for use by the next person. So tomorrow when I get to work, I will walk around saying goodbye to the 2 or 3 people to whom I regularly talked -- yeah, kind of sad; I really had hardly no interaction with anyone over the past year at work.

I am getting more excited and nervous as the hour of enlightenment draws near.

Why the Blog Name "A Life of Constant Flux"

Someone asked me why I named my blog "A Life of Constant Flux". Well, it's pretty simple -- My life is currently always in flux.

It didn't always used to be that way. Until about 1.5 years ago, my spouse and I did what many people do when you don't have kids. We settled in a place, bought a house, lived there 10 years, went to work 5 days a week, took some vacations and just lived a "normal" life.

Well that changed in mid-2005 when we found out we were having twins. That set off a chain of events that led to the birth of the twins, 2 quit jobs (me and my spouse), a move across the country (from California to North Carolina), 4 different residences in the span of a year (house in California, apartment in NC, house in NC, current apartment in NC), another about-to-be quit job (as of October 5, 2007), another upcoming move (going to leave the current apartment), indecision about the future of both of our careers (do I contract, start my own business, or both; does my wife go back to work part time or start her own business) --- all this while raising two twin boys.

Flux, indeed! :-)

Thank You Scott Hanselman

I sent Scott Hanselman an email this morning asking him how he likes Google Apps after a few months of real use. We are considering using them for hosting our business-related email. He answered the email within 2 hours. Now this is the same Scott Hanselman who runs the Hanselminutes podcast, a popular blog and just started to work for Microsoft. So it is not like he is just sitting around waiting to answer emails from complete strangers. And, btw, he does like Google Apps.

Thanks for the response, Scott. I do appreciate it.

Stomach Virus

My son got a stomach virus yesterday and it continues into today. He is getting sick pretty frequently. He hasn't drunken or eaten much, obviously. I feel bad for him. Stomach viruses are awful. The whole family had one back in February, and let me tell you, it wasn't a pleasant site. One of the most physically painful experiences I can recall having.

My stomach is feeling a little bit rumbly as I write this; I am hoping for the best, along with the best for my spouse and my other boy as well.