I’ve been thinking a lot about what the next phase of my career will be, since I’ve been doing Internet marketing strategy for more than 10 years.
Lately, I feel like one of my very first clients who earnestly asked me “Now that this is successful, will I have to keep doing this forever?” God no! I told him. You need to move on to next year’s ideas. And so do I. But it’s not clear yet whether my next career will be evolutionary or revolutionary. Right now, I just know it will be soon.
I’m not sad about this. I’m actually elated, almost giddy. I know the right idea will come to me, at the right moment, and I find that thrilling. You might need to be an entrepreneur to understand that. :>)
When I’ve been talking about new ideas and possible business plans, most people are quick to point out the negatives. But if I’ve learned anything in the past 20 years, it’s this: new directions grow from thinking about what’s positive, what’s possible, and what there is no way (yet) to accomplish.
Most companies spend their time, money, and effort thinking about how to avoid negatives instead of how to create positives. But it’s just that kind of thinking that makes most companies — especially big ones — do the same thing over and over, expecting different results.
As someone who often presents ideas that are a little off the wall, I’m used to the looks of shock and horror that meet most creative thought in corporate America. I just don’t know how much longer I can, or will, deal with it. Please stay tuned.
Cartoon, Hugh Macleod