I've been an employee for the last 26 years. I've been an employee, effectively rising through the ranks of very successful companies. Most recently, I was a highly valued, recognized employee of a $1B+ multi-national that was a leader in its field.
Oh yeah...and I was pushed out. With no explanation. Just business, they say. Gotta cut some costs. So we let a few people go and scoot around some chairs on the deck of the Titanic. (Way to be bold!)
Immediately I set about "finding" a new job. There are plenty of them, despite what many say. The government says that we have a 6.7% unemployment rate. Without boring you with my rant about what a load of crap that statistic is, it still means that we have an EMPLOYMENT rate of 93.3%. That means that it is not so hard to get a job if you really want one and are willing to work for it (and willing to shed that sense of entitlement you are carrying around!)
So, that's what I did. I cranked up the machine, worked the headhunter scene, dusted off the network and...could NOT get excited despite the amazing offers from all over the map. I soon realized that I really just didn't want to spend another minute striving for anything less than what I CHOOSE. Time to scratch that entrepreneurial itch.
But starting my own company or acquiring a company seemed outrageously risky, until I considered this silly little RISK acronym...
I have plenty of knowledge, experience, even expertise. And I am not at all afraid of hard work. I just want it to be worthwhile & appreciated. Is that too much to ask?
So, here I go...Responsibly Implementing my Specialized Knowledge.
Oh yeah...did I mention that I am having more fun than I have had in years!??!