"Are you missing your job?"
A question from my wife to me after being one year at home, without the daily routines and interaction in the office. I did quickly think about it an my answer was NO. Taking a kind of sabbatical (in my case paid by the government labor office and my separation package) is really a different kind of experience. On the one side I am missing some of my peers and my team, but we are still in contact for regular updates. On the other side I was not happy with the general strategy, the company outlook and the whole setup around me anyway in the last two years, so I am better off now.
And my sabbatical is offering a lot of new opportunities. Free time to try out new stuff, for taking a training or investigating new areas of interest. A very flexible timetable every day and also slots to just relax and take a break. All this and the 4 month Digital Transformation Consultant (DTC) education did lead to a new motivation and mindset for me. I am confident now that I have to make a change and should be doing something on a self-employment basis.
In a first discussion about my ideas and the business plan with the experts from the Startercenter in my region this morning, I did get very positive feedback for both. The ideas match the needs coming from the market in the moment and my numbers make sense and could be the basis for a successful and profitable new business. I will have to do some more digging into the details and describing the idea in an understandable language, but the kick off is done now 😉.
As every decision or change has consequences and is triggering other activities, I am pretty sure that some of the opportunities that are still in my application pipeline will be getting hotter in the coming days or weeks and might be asking for a decision as well? This is just Murphy's Law (http://www.askamathematician.com/2013/04/q-is-murphys-law-real/) 🙃, so I will make the right decision for me, when it is required.
When you take a job, take a long look at the people you're going to be working with — because the odds are you're going to become like them. —Bob Sutton https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/faculty-research/faculty/robert-i-sutton