So, I’m new to blogging and I’m new to the world of entrepreneurship. Currently, I have a job… but only for the next 20 something days or so. I’ve suddenly found myself in a position that I have to decide whether or not I want to continue being a Defense contractor, work for the government in some other capacity or pursue some sort of self-employment. In order to help me make this decision, I thought a blog might be a helpful way to figure out what I want to be when I grow up – so to speak.
I spent more years than I care to count in the military but for personal reasons I didn’t retire (it’s a very long story that I’ll save for another time). I don’t regret my service to this country because I gained a lot of experiences that I couldn’t have even begun to imagine when I started that journey. After I left the military, I moved into Defense contracting which has been filled with its own ups and downs. I have to say that I’ve been well-compensated for the work I’ve done, but I also have often felt that something is missing. I also don’t like the fact that at any time my job can disappear and it really doesn’t matter what my performance is like. Additionally, it’s my own observation that in general, contractors aren’t treated with much respect even though in many cases we have just as much experience to draw upon as the military and government civilians we work with (still another topic for another time).
Anyway, I’ve had to start over in different career paths several times over the course of the last 20 years but this time it’s different. I’m in a better position financially and emotionally to make the call whether or not I want to continue on a career path in the Defense industry or find some sort of more meaningful employment.
Now, to the crux of the whole self-employment problem… I have no idea what I want to do. Over the last twenty years, I’ve worked in communications, computer network administration, operations analysis and planning, instructional delivery and most recently I’ve gained some experience with project management and contracting.
If I had to pick my favorite job, I would say I loved being an instructor. I really enjoyed teaching adults and seeing the “a-ha” lightbulb go on in people’s heads. That said, I know teaching children is just not my cup of tea. I have two small children of my own and have enough trouble helping them with their homework that I know teaching children is definitely not in my cards!
The other problem is that I don’t have a whole lot of real talent at anything in particular. The military trained me in a lot of different jobs but I’ve never mastered any of them and the ones that I was good at require constant updating. I’ve been spending a lot of time… and money… buying and reading books to help me figure out where I want to go. Some books provide better information than others but none have really jumped out at me yet.
So, for tonight, I’ll sign off with the thought that the journey is just beginning. There will be so many different parts of my life and the lives of my family that will be impacted by this trip that I’m sure I will digress from talking purely about the entrepreneurial path but I hope that you will find it interesting nevertheless.