An interesting opportunity has presented itself: my company is opening space in San Leandro, about 10 minutes walking-distance from my house. Contingent on my boss’ nod, I could cut a $2000 expense out of my annual budget and save an hour of commuting everyday.
Seems like a great option, but I’ve got a couple reservations: - I’ll be away from my team when our culture relies on impromptu taps on the shoulder and intercepted bathroom attempts to be successful, and - I’ll be reducing face-to-face time spent with my team.
The reality is that neither of these is that big of a deal- I can retrain my team to communicate with me differently, and I’ll be in SF (and on the phone) enough to maintain my work relationships.
But I’m curious: what advice or perspective would you share with me?
Since the time I was in school, I’ve always wanted to make it big.
You know: fat salary, nice house, car, boat, etc. The list can go on and on. In college, I made only one rule for my career: make $100,000 annually by the time I am 30. Here I am, just turned 29, and I can safely say my salary is nowhere near $100k. So what does that tell me?
Well, it tells me a couple things: - I was focused on the wrong thing in school - I better start working in new and different ways if I want to meet my goal in the next 12 months
At 29, I’m not so worried about what I did or did not do in college. However, more than ever, I am thinking about my career goals and my happiness (yes, folks, work-life balance exists in my vocabulary).
What that means: - I’m gearing up to start business school applications for submission this fall - I’ve gone from ebb to flow in terms of thinking about new business opportunities - I’m looking to identify career paths that involve international business and travel - I’m shifting from the “$100k” to the “find-a-rewarding-job-or-create-one” mentality
Join me in my quest! If you are planning to apply to business school this fall, or if you are an entrepreneurial spirit that is stifled by the daily grind, shoot me an email and let’s meet up for coffee.