Some of this I’ve written about before in old posts, but I want to reboot my blog, and the back story seemed like a good place to start.
When I first started my blog, I had just finished up my MBA and moved to Kansas City with no job and no real plan for what I was going to do with my life. I had only been to KC two times before moving here, but several of my college friends moved here for jobs, and it seemed like a fun new adventure for me.
I was unemployed and had to prepay my entire 6 month lease on my apartment because I also didn’t have a credit score, having never taken out a loan or opened a credit card account. Funds were low and declining.
Despite the increasingly desperate situation, I was unmotivated to take any action. I would get up in the mornings, listen to the Adam Carolla podcast, then a bunch of talk radio, and at some point in the late afternoon I’d go out to buy fast food I didn’t have any business trying to afford.
My problem (one of them anyway) was that I didn’t know what I wanted to do beyond a vague notion of wanting to own my own business. I didn’t know what kind of business I wanted to own. I didn’t figure it out in college, and I wasn’t doing much to capitalize on all my free time to get something going.
I started my blog because I decided I might like to be a tech blogger. I’ve always had an interest in computers, and most of my posts over the last 5 years have been about Linux. I managed to get a couple of my posts featured on Linux news aggregators, and those translated into a lot (as far as I knew) page views. A couple of my posts have had a few thousand hits, which felt great to me, but now that I know a bit more about blogging, it’s pretty small potatoes.
As money continued to dwindle, I got a temp job at the Jackson County Courthouse, which really helped keep the lights on and gave me some purpose. By that time, I had learned to be a lot more thrifty, and mostly subsisted on potatoes and oatmeal and kept warm by burning logs taken from my parents in my apartment’s fireplace.
By December I had secured a â€œreal jobâ€ in the Health Care IT industry, where I went on to work for four and a half years. After a couple raises and promotions, buying a house, a career change a little over a year ago, and getting married, I finally feel like a reasonably successful young middle-class American.
I love my current job in Business Intelligence, and I can see myself working for my current employer for many years to come. My boss was my RA back in college, and a few of my other close friends have come to work there in the last several months as well. The responsibilities I’ve been entrusted with allow me a lot of autonomy, and help me scratch my entrepreneurial itch from a safe, stable environment.
I’ve learned a lot in the 7 years I’ve been in the professional world, and I want to keep pushing my limits, expanding my skills, and documenting my journey to massive success. The new focus of my site will be recording and passing along what Iâ€™m learning for others on the same journey, and so that Iâ€™ll have something to look back on.
The tower of success is built brick by brick.
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