So here’s a teaser, of sorts.
While I was attending the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University my classmates and I would talk and meet often. We’d discuss projects, meet after class to review assignments and get together for lunches during the work week. Heck, we even found times on the weekends to get together. If we weren’t discussing group projects, professors, family, or work we were discussing our careers and next steps.
Many of my classmates were like me, trying to get involved in everything – networking events, having coffee with undergrad students (aka Coffee Connections), on campus seminars and talks, where ever we could be we went. We’d share notes, ideas, books and articles. We couldn’t get enough of each other’s insights, ideas, and help.
When entering the MBA program I envisioned coming out of the program poised for growth within my current employer. I didn’t much think about leaving corporate life for the uncertainty of opening my own business, but that’s what eventually happened. For most of my life, well since 7th grade, I did ponder owning a business and working for myself, but never thought it would happen. In 9th grade I was in an intro to business class and created a “business plan” of sorts for a marina on Lake Erie. Having my own business, while a dream, was never something I seriously pondered until the end of my MBA coursework.
When my classmates heard of my ideas to explore non-corporate life it was suggested that I start a blog to capture the journey. It would highlight the progress, share the challenges and perhaps help others that may consider a similar path. I thought it was a great idea, but never did it. Now looking back I wish I would have shared what I learned along the way. I suppose it’s never too late to start, right.
I am calling this The Journey. It really has been a journey. I’ve created maps (also known as business plans, outlines, whiteboard notes, and filled binders with ideas) and I’ve had guides along the way (think of these as friends, mentors, coaches, trusted advisers, and family). There’s been road blocks and set backs. There’s been successes and accomplishments.
I plan to post with some regularity – at least once per month. I am not an expert on any of the topics I’ll cover nor am I suggesting that the way I did it was the best way, but perhaps sharing The Journey I took will help you on yours.