Thursday, January 26, 2017

What I Learned During My Entrepreneur Break

Yep, I said it. An entrepreneur break not a work break. I have been on an entrepreneur sabbatical. I took almost two years to explore working full-time for an employer after 10+ years of creating, building, launching various ideas. It has been a journey.

My full-time job as Educational Class Recruiter and Program Coordinator allowed me to do what I loved which is help others and better the world.

The recruiting job satisfied some of my Holland Code Interests - such as Conventional, Social and Artistic (CSA) interests. But my interests that make me want to get up and go to work every day were not being met. I am truly an Investigative, Creative, Social (ICS) individual which is what propelled me to pursue 6 years of formal engineering training, work in the field of engineering for several years, lead projects and ultimately create a niche staffing firm with a good friend where we put hundreds of jobs seekers to work.

I learned that creativity drives me. I love to problem solve and no matter what I do, that will not change. It make me happy and even when I have a tough work situation, I enjoy the work of solving a problem to completion. I work even harder if it is problem that involves interacting and extracting information from people.

So I am back. Committed to building a more productive Smart Moms or something new.

What have I been doing besides working:

Reading...Reading...and more Reading. Here are some my favorite titles:

  • Racing Weight - Matt Fitzgerald
  • The 4-Hour Workweek - Timothy Ferriss
  • Leadership and Self-Depection: Getting Out of the Box - The Arbinger Institute
  • EntreLeadership - Dave Ramsey
  • A Woman's Guide to Spriitual Warefare - Quin Sherrer & Bethanne Gardlock
  • How Rich People Think - Steve Siebold
  • The Gifts of Imperfection - Brene Brown
  • Finding Ultra - Rich Roll
  • Communication Across Barriers - Dr. Donna Beegle

I have been absorbing different concepts related to endurance, leadership, self-deception, Amazon marketplace and selling a product. Let's see what this studying and entrepreneur break will produce.