It’s hard for me to believe that we are entering August. The year feels like it is going by fast. Part of that probably has to do with the fact that since I chose to operate independently from a career perspective, I have had to work hard to make the transition. In fact, if I really think about it, the last two years have gone by for me in what feels like a blink. It was two years ago when I made the decision to transition from my management position at a university (a truly great job that I loved) to founding my own independent operation.
It was a calculated risk that I took at a critical point in my career.
It has certainly not been without its challenges. While it has proven to be immensely worth doing, I did not anticipate certain life events and circumstances that I would be faced with, outside of my work, which forced me to have to make some pivots along the path to the goals I had set for myself when I took the decision to go independent.
The year has gone by in a flash for me because I have been deeply focused professionally, in what has been one of the most challenging but exciting roles I have had in a while. I am using every tool in the box, and learning on a daily basis. It has been a constant proving ground, and continues to be. This type of role forces one to sharpen and refine one’s skills relentlessly. That’s a good thing.
I’m surrounded by some very competent, dedicated people. But we are faced with some big challenges. Being independent allows me to truly act in the interest of my client, because my focus becomes on bringing the utmost value to the client. One’s reputation is a hallmark of an independent consultant or contractor. The work comes to you when you have a good one.
I have had to take some detours since going independent from the original path I had set for myself, but I am still on track I think.
But Knowing where I want to go causes me to metabolize time differently. The saying goes, enjoy the journey. And that’s definitely of merit. But the destination has its own allure. So while I am enjoying the journey, I will enjoy it even more when I get to the destination, and embark from there.