Posted on | January 1, 2011 | 1 Comment
We often attach significance (earned or not) to years ending in zero. Such it was (for me) with 2010. I turned 50, celebrated 25 years with the worldâ€™s most excellent woman, sold our house, moved to San Francisco, and changed jobs. (Oh, and my hometown baseball team won its first-ever World Series championship).
But the year really hammered home the importance of change, renewal and the power of positive thinking. It represented the end of a three-year period away from my primary occupation for the past 27 years, journalism. I left in a difficult period for B:B publishing, determined that skills Iâ€™d built up there would translate and help transform other businesses and keep me relevant as a professional wage-earner.
I think it was the right move at the time, not because I brought transformation to other businesses (it’s harder than it looks) but because it gave me a broader view of the world, and I learned new skills that will be beneficial to the EE Times job I now hold.
The most important thing I learned was to embrace the unpeaceful, queasy feeling that comes when youâ€™re wading into change. Emerson said â€œOnce you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.â€
The best example of this is my colleague Kevin Brett, former gubernatorial press secretary and electronics-industry PR man who is now teaching and getting an advanced degree at Oregon. His blog post about it is worth every word. It’s inspiring at a time of stubbornly high unemployment rates and historic levels of the length of unemployment.
Another excellent read is from Dan Blank, who references three of his posts on how to stay relevant and build a legacy.
Happy New Year and here’s to renewal, reinvention and reinvigoration!