March '06 Job Scene, National
Retaining Your Talent, Are Doing Something About It?

Happy Anniversary To Me

Eight years ago this week I went on my own crazy odyssey of starting a search firm. I still think one day I will write a book. More like one of those short pamphlets, and sell it for $9.95 on the Internet.

It would be a story that could be universal to most small businesses in any industry.

This week I was speaking to a student group at the University of Minnesota and I was asked if knowing what I know now, would I do it again.

That was a great question and I had not reflected on it in some time. My answer lasted more than five minutes. If asked to say yes or no, without qualifying, the answer is yes.

Saying that, there are easily 20, 30, 50 things I would do different that run the gamut of personal and professional.

And yes I am already doing it again as I am in the process of opening a “new” search firm in November of ’06.

But as I sat there giving my response I could hear a lot of regret in my tone. Most if it revolves around time missed with family and friends. It’s the old saying; the grass is greener on the other side.

Lately when I have been speaking with friends many are telling me they wished they could do it now but they have too many responsibilities to think about.

So yes, I would do it again. But a lot different. I should get busy with the book…

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