The Wanderer


I Felt A Little Like This Guy

Since I’ve recently parted ways with my last employer, I’ve come to find that it was in everybody’s interest that I left.  On my first day of unemployment (probably six weeks ago now), I felt a certain calm that I hadn’t realized I was missing.  When you work in a place that is genuinely not a good fit for you, it doesn’t mean that you are a sub-par worker; it means that, no matter how hard you try to “fall in line,” the fact that your goals/aspirations/personality/insecurities/any-other-parts-of-you are different from the environment that you are in every day, will eventually show through in your work and attitude.

The fact is, if you are unhappy at work, it is failing to give you something you are seeking.  If work is unhappy with you, you are failing to give them something they are seeking.  I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was actually dealing with both.  I was trying to further my own agenda for the company in an environment that wanted no part of my opinions.  I was learning as much as I could for the experience, of course, but also because I had “bought in” to the company–I wanted to do everything I could do to help it succeed and move toward greater progress.  I wanted to feel like I was a true part of it, and rise out of simply being another cog in the machine.  I thought that my willingness to reach for positions greater than I’d ever held would show ambition, but it seems, in hindsight, that my actions came across as naive, foolish, and “wanting to run before you can walk,” as they say.

I’ve picked up work since then, so (luckily) my wife and I haven’t had to deal with starving or getting behind on bills.  In fact, the work I’m doing now pays far better money, but mainly because I am on a contract which is two and a half hours from home, and two states over.  (Hence, two months since my last post.  Sorry about that.)  We’re holding it together well enough, but all of this solitary time I suddenly have on my hands has given me time to think.  Here’s what I’ve come up with.

I was recently accepted to a university here in the DC area, and in five or six months, I’ll be returning to school to complete a Bachelors of International Business (or maybe Finance…I haven’t decided yet) degree.  I’ll be attacking this education with a fervor and commitment that was not present within me twelve years ago, when I started college the first time.  My appetite to learn has only grown over the years, and I cannot wait to learn so much new stuff about the single industry that makes the world go round.  As they say, “Nothing happens until somebody sells something.”

In keeping with my (apparent) run-before-you-can-walk tendencies, I have my eyes set on starting a franchise which is very popular in the Chicagoland area, and literally nowhere to be found in the DC metro area.  I’m sitting on an untapped market, and once I can find startup funding, will have access to a business concept that has been successfully replicated several times already.  It almost seems like, with the exception of coming up with the (extremely startup-capital-intensive) funds, the hard part is already done.  Of course, I have observed that running a business is no walk in the park no matter how automated the business is, but much of the burden of proving the idea is already taken care of.

This is my idea.  I think it will do well in the densely-packed DC metro area, but hey, I’m a total rookie at this.  What the heck do I know?

  1. It’s hard to let go of the known for the unknown but in my life experience I can definitely confirm that it has always been worth it. Success and failure are only labels what really counts is how you look at what’s coming to you. Best of luck.

    • Thanks…I suspect that it will have been worth it. Like you, I have a little ADD about things, and am looking forward to the next Great Phase of my life. Hope you’re doing well over there!

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