I have been a waiter, a maitre d’, a phlebotomist and an autopsy assistant. I have been a mental health caseworker; I have cleaned horse stalls and have led two teams of desktop support technicians located in two different countries. I have managed large and small networks as a systems administrator and have designed and developed Web sites for one-man shops and pharmaceutical giants. I have lived on my own since the age of 18. I have traveled as far away as Thailand, seen lots of Europe and have been all over the US. I am a copywriter, an essayist, a songwriter, a father, a husband, a student, a drama queen, a big mouth and a singer in the alternative rock band, Normaljoy – commence the booing for the shameless plug.
Today, I build my consultancy.
I have done a lot and have seen a lot. More than I can share in any one post. I’m sure the same is true of your adventures as well. Along my journey though, I have learned a lot too. Of all the pearls I’ve accrued through the years, one piece of wisdom I stay fully obedient to is this: don’t change for others. Don’t do it and here’s why. The way and degree with which others express their satisfaction with your changes will never satisfy you enough to make those changes mean as much as you’d need them to for them to last. And ironically, the attempts you made to self-improve using the criteria of others, will leave you disappointed for failing (a false positive, incidentally) and those that really matter, doubtful of your authenticity. Read the rest of this entry »