The Eagle Has Landed

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I crossed the classic entrepreneur’s divide earlier today. I had been steadily cleaning out my office over the past couple of weeks, knowing the day was drawing near when I would walk out the door, maybe for good. Then, it was announced our work group had been re-organized, a new boss had been hired (about 10 years my junior), our reporting structure had changed, and I knew it was my time to go.

I scraped up all the vacation I had owing to me — six calendar weeks — and with the blessing of my current boss, will spend the time pursuing my life-long dream of a start up. As I said to him “I just can’t shake this feeling that I want to change the world.“ I was somewhat flattered when he seemed a little disappointed, and not really all that surprised when he didn’t try and stop me, either. I think we both knew it had been in the works for a long, long time.

It gives me six weeks to get some traction on prototype development, and maybe even get started on the fund-raising process that I formally started at the Financing Your Vision seminar a little while back. To this point, I have been attempting to keep both my full-time job and the start up plates in the air at the same time. However, it felt as if each day that went by when the start up ideas weren’t moving ahead quickly, was a day when opportunities were slipping away.

I was surprised to find myself feeling a little melancholy — which is not what I expected, at all. I felt I contributed a lot over the course of my eight years with my current employer. As the last couple of hours ticked away, my ego allowed me to believe someone would rush through the door and say they couldn’t live without me. But that visit never came. I sent out a note to my co-workers, put a ‘gone fishin’ sign under my office number, filled out the vacation request, and just walked out the door. If this current chapter of my career really is over, it was a really weird, last day.

At the end of the six weeks, I’ll be at another fork in the road; given one final opportunity to decide which way to go. Return to the Dilbert world of beige cubicles, performance evaluations and office politics, or follow the yellow brick road. However, like a corny commercial that is running on TV at the moment; “Sometimes to move ahead, you have to leave something behind.“ That’s exactly how it felt today. But tomorrow, it’s on to the business of creating value, building brand and becoming the new, new thing.

March 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterButzi
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One Response to “The Eagle Has Landed”

  1. » The Eagle Has Landed Says:

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