When I first told my wife that I planned to submit a proposal to reorganize my business, she looked concerned. When I told her I didn’t include a box for myself on the org chart, she wanted to know if I’d lost my mind. This seems reasonable. I mean, isn’t this the worst economy in, well, ever?
Maybe the outside world isn’t going to view this as the most brilliant stroke of the pen, but I had my reasons…
The Plot So Far…
To begin with, I ran an entrepreneurial business within a business. We grew like most eCommerce businesses: huge leaps, year after year. There are a number of factors, but to make it simple let’s just say that we reached the point in scope and scale where it made sense to fold our operation in with the core business.
Writing the plan was exciting and fulfilling. This was the day we’d worked toward for years. It was bittersweet as well since I loved working with my team and we were very successful.
When most people are ready to submit a proposal like this, they take a deep breath. Exhale slowly… And then they hit the delete button.
Part of me (a rather frightened part) really wanted to hit that delete button, but instead I hit send. Of course, I was afraid. I spent years working for the company, building a record of achievement. I have a family to support. I have a child who has cancer. Anyone who tells you that they proposed changes like this and weren’t afraid to do so is either lying or insane.
Now, I’ve written this post several times. The last version went into all sorts of detail about the process of shaping the plan, and while I’m sure that kind of insight is valuable to prospective clients or employers, I’m not going into that sort of minutiae.
Besides, what would we have to talk about later?
No, instead of focusing on what happened, it’s enough to say that I did what was best for the company and it’s time for everyone to focus on the future.
So Really, What’s Next?
At the moment, I’m helping the company make the big transition. But now that I’m on the other side of this change, I find myself with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pursue my life’s passion… And that’s exactly what I’m going to do.
My “What’s Next” is simple: I’m embracing writing with open arms.
Some people know that I write. Some people know I’ve written two novels, piles of stories, millions of words all told. Some people know that I run a little website called How Not to Write.
If you don’t know, now you do.
In addition to fiction, I have two non-fiction works tied to eCommerce and web in process. Sign up for the site emails and you’ll get an announcement as soon as they are available. Who knows, you might even get a copy for free.
Oh, and I’m Still an eCommerce Guru
By the way, I’m not abandoning my knowledge. How could I? I love the web and eCommerce. I love technology. I’m just shifting what I do and how I do it.
If you’re an eCommerce colleague dropping in, this is your chance to get a seasoned eCommerce executive on your team, a pro who can help you fix what’s wrong or help you develop a plan to take your business to the next level. Take a look at What Jamie Can Do For You to find out more.
If you don’t know me, let’s get introduced…
I realize this isn’t a typical “I just got laid off” message, but then I’m not your typical person.
Those of you who realize this will probably be the first to drop me a line. Those of you who don’t will probably wonder why you kept reading all the way to the end (if you did). That’s OK. I don’t expect everyone to understand, but I do want to thank you for taking the time to read this post.
This is a time of dramatic change for all of us. I’m thankful to have such great people in my life. I’m looking forward to what’s next and I hope your life is filled with good times.
Have fun! I know I will!
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