One of the prime attributes of any successful entrepreneur is a sense of restlessness. We always want to be engaged; planning, implementing and improvising to achieve our goals. This is extremely important when we are in startup; like a prizefighter we counter-punch, side-step, and plot for an opportunity to deliver a knockout blow. This restlessness keeps us motivated. But what happens when our venture becomes successful? How do we keep this sense of restlessness from undoing the good work it helped to create? How do we keep ourselves from constantly gazing over the next hill looking for more exciting challenges in the next opportunity?
I realized the other day I have been blogging on this site for nearly a year. My first blog was on April 26th of 2017. (there are some older posts, but they were initially on my Tumblr site, and I ported them over). It was this time last year I created this site to work on learning how to write. In the past year, I have written nearly 80 blog posts. This number does not include short musings
As both an introvert and a company CEO, I’m forced to walk the tightrope of communicating with my staff but still being true to my personality. These two aspects of my business life are often at odds. As a CEO I’m forced to attend a variety of meetings, discussions, and calls. The introvert in me prefers to limit interactions as they drain my energy over the course of the day. So over time, I’ve implemented several communication rules to resolve this contradiction. These practices allow me to communicate while accommodating my needs as an introvert.
I’m a successful business owner and entrepreneur. For the last decade, I have been a CEO, boot-strapping a professional services company into a multi-million dollar enterprise. I don’t write these details to boast in any way; a lot of my success is pure luck. No, I just want to let people know I’m a business professional who takes his position seriously. So it may come as a surprise for some that for the last 35 years, I’ve also been a secret tabletop role-playing gamer.
While I’m not big on New Year resolutions; it is an excellent time to reflect and think about the year that was. When I began this blog last April, I didn’t know how it would evolve. I have a lot of varied interests, most of which don’t overlap, so it is hard to build a blog around them. As the CEO of a multi-million dollar company, I have an exciting work life, but it is also chaotic and stressful. I wanted a blog separate from all that turmoil, concentrated on more positive features. While I like to travel, outside an outstanding trip to Spain, I curtailed my normal travel schedule to deal with issues anchoring me close to home. And hovering over all those elements of my life was a persistent and pervasive fog of depression and anxiety which dominated much of my year.
I’ve been in love with technology all my life.
For most of my professional career, I’ve held positions in the technical field. Beginning as a programmer and database administrator, I moved up the ranks to leadership positions where I defined corporate technology strategy. I am the poster child for a “techie”. But as I sit here drafting this blog post, I am writing it by hand into a paper notebook using a fountain pen. Somewhere in the last few years, my love affair with technology has waned. We needed time apart. Here’s why.