Final Look Back

I haven’t held a real (as in corporate) job since 1987. That’s when a series of lunatic bosses drove me into self-employment. They did me a favor; while being an entrepreneur is one of the hardest things I’ve ever tackled (especially the last four years), it’s also one of the most satisfying. Working without a net is tricky. But it sure forces you to focus.

My career path, if you can call it that, has always involved some sort of writing. I may not be the most gifted guy out there, but I’m certainly versatile. I can, and have, written everything from TV and radio commercials to novels and screenplays. And everything in between. I consider myself extremely fortunate that I’ve been able to earn a living doing the only thing I’m really good at.

The main problem with the entrepreneurial lifestyle is that it affords little time for reflection. Actually, it may be less a matter of time and more of mindset. A business consultant I once worked with was fond of saying that entrepreneurs always keep their eyes on the horizon. Of course, he would add, the horizon is an unattainable destination. Which is why we’re usually just a bit (okay, more than a bit) dissatisfied. No matter how hard we work or how much we accomplish, that damned horizon is still out there, just beyond our grasp. Mocking us. Definitely not a formula for contentment.

So, as 2011 comes to a close (and not a moment too soon), I urge my entrepreneurial friends and associates to stop and savor all of the wins and losses, the ups and downs, the highs and lows. Take a few moments to look back before charging ahead. You may be pleasantly surprised at what you find.

I hear a couple of cold ones calling my name. Catch you next year.