Don't call it a comeback, I been here for years
Rocking my peers and putting suckas in fear
Making the tears rain down like a monsoon
Listen to the bass go boom
-- LL Cool J
Hmm. Maybe this is a little strong. I don't own a jammy but I AM heading back to the old 8 - 5.
Actually, I didn't really leave. You see I like working. In fact I have been working more for myself then I was working at my last job and I plan on working for the rest of my life. It's pretty easy for me to get up and head to the home office in my jammies (wait, I guess I do have jammies!) and read, research, and think for 10+ hours a day. It is, however, a different kind of work.
"I constantly see people rise in life who are not the smartest -- sometimes not even the most diligent. But they are learning machines; they go to bed every night a little wiser than when they got up. And, boy, does that habit help, particularly when you have a long run ahead of you."
-- Charlie Munger
I subscribe to the Charlie Munger school of thought on being a learning machine. I quit my job in 2013 to learn for myself. My focus is on investing and new technologies. I have spent countless hours studying accounting, reading 10Ks & 10Qs, learning from the world's best value investors, learning about startups, running meetups, and studying technologies like machine learning.
It's easy to focus on credentials. The system is given to you. I often tell people that I didn't start to learn for myself until after college. I fight the "supposed to" and the tried and true path, but this is not for me. I learn more when I am pushing boundaries and have a little fear in my heart. It's not the easy road and I don't know if I like it more but it has been the path for me.
So why am I heading back to work? I have a couple of reasons. First, I recently had a conversation with a colleague about creating that struck a chord. I miss building things. I miss working as a team. I miss creating. Second, it can be isolating working for yourself at home. I am an introvert who needs people!?! I need interaction.
So what do I want to do? Well, this is going to be an exploration. I like software development and managing people. Seems logical. It's this or something better. I plan on reconnecting to my network and exploring.
Please reach out if you are interested in chatting.