This blog is about things in my life – stuff I’m working on, projects, possessions, philosophy, and relationships that I define myself by. Expressions of what I’m about. The banner image is of my house while still under construction, the major project that occupied my time over the last 18 months. Now that we have moved in things are winding down, and while there are still a lot of finishing details left, I’m able to start thinking about next year and what I should be working on, and what should now occupy this banner space, perhaps symbolic of my focus.
At age 20, I had my own business, and that was largely how I defined myself, by my work. Since that time, I’ve been employed by a fairly large company, and yet that career is not how I define myself. I’m not likely to become an executive, I’ll not have a title that people will identify with. At social events, or during the first follow on sentences of an introduction in a social environment, people soon ask, “So what do you do?” I laugh nervously, and offer a few general sentences. It’s not a big secret, but I can’t put what I do neatly in a box and feel good about it. Other people say, I’m a builder, I’m a fireman, I’m a patent attorney. What am I?
So, I’ve come round to some focus on what I ought to be doing in 2007. Firstly, I’d like to renew my career focus at work – choose an established discipline, get on a track to move from being a generalist into something recognizable and more highly valued. I also feel I need to get into business for myself again, either as a startup, or through an aquisition – something services based, and not related to computer technology in and of itself. Consider it part insurance policy and part retirement plan.
I also have multiple unfinished projects that I’ve neglected and need to put some focus on before all my equity literally rusts away. I also need to build the shop to work on this all in, and which was the original impetus for the whole house building in the first place. I’ve still got a lot on my plate, and as I tackle each item, I expect to touch upon it here.
As 2006 winds down, we can look back on all we’ve done. Pause to reflect on the achievement, and then set sites on 2007. What are your big plans?