In to 2017: Playing to my strengths
We're all good at some things and not-so-great at others. I'm at the point in my professional and personal life that I know where my strengths and challenges lie. I have also envolved beyond the point where I need to sell myself in any other way than who I am.
After just over 13 years of working with Grant Broadcasters, I tended my resignation in December 2016, effective at the end of February 2017.
So with that in mind, I'm realigning my life to being my own boss, doing my own thing and changing the way I do things by:
1. Balancing a strong work-ethic with an even stronger personal ethic.
There's no use pretending to be Superman at work if you're not Superman. Eventually someone will call on you to save the world, and you will only be able to stand there unable to help anyone at all. If your personal ethic is to be authentic, effective and balanced in your personal life, then you can't help but carry that across to your professional life as well. If you're all about the fakery and the shiny suits and the shiny words, then the moment that you drop the facade, you can guarantee that someone will be there to catch you out. And that works equally in your personal life as in your workplace.
2. Making sure things are right at home first, so things can be right at work too.
You can't be good at work for long if things at home are a mess. Try as you may to maintain a professional face, you can't hold a facade for long without things crashing down around you. I am not going to be one of those stressed-out suits who has to take blood-pressure medication and a pack of Zantac each week to keep the stomach acid at bay. I've spent an entire career aiming to not be one of those guys. And that means sowing in to my relationship, sowing in to my family, sowing in to my friends and reaping the benefits of a more balanced life that starts at home, not at some corporate workshop or training session.
3. Working a bit, playing a bit, volunteering a bit, giving a bit.
I work hard when I at work. I give my all every day without exception. I work my proverbial ass off. But when I leave the building at the end of the day, I have things to. There's a gym where I keep my body in working order. There's cooking I want to learn to do. Camping I want to spend my weekends enjoying. Beaches to swim at. Kayaking to exhaust myself with. Games to play. Friends to laugh with. Family to spend time learning from and adding value to. I want to give back to the Joomla community that has powered so much of my career these last ten years. I want to help men lead more balanced lives. I want to teach people how to build websites. I want to give more money to causes that really matter.
4. Changing the online world as an enabler of better business, better relationships and a better place to be known and heard.
I want to better participate in the online world. Not be posting selfies at the gym and ranting on Facebook about whatever has annoyed me that day. I want to build online places where I can share my knowledge, both personal and professional. I want to help people connected better online with each other. I want to help the voices of reason cut through the fake news and sensationalism that floods our social media feeds. I want to help smaller businesses and the individuals who can help them out, find each other and benefit from each other.
Let's see if 2017 can be the year that I make some of these things happen.