I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus the last few months, primarily due to some technical difficulties with my site as well as some of life’s little shakeups (hello layoff!) But now I am back in black! I’ve made a few tweaks to the design of my site and hope to continue to improve its look as it evolves. After six and a half years at Sony, I was given the hook. Same as the last time it happened (2008 at Paramount) I was collateral damage of a “restructuring” within the group I was working in. At least now there isn’t a whole economic meltdown occurring throughout the nation that I have to contend with! I’m looking for the silver lining here…get it!? I had felt the need to move on for the last couple years so I chalk this up to being a God shot of sorts….or the push I needed to move onto bigger things. I really have no complaints, as I was very fortunate to have had an amazing boss who truly cared about me and invested in my growth. It made me realize that I have had several wonderful mentors throughout my life. Not many people are as fortunate as I have been. I am forever thankful to Bob Billeci, a true stand-up guy.
During the time that I have been fun-employed, I have been doing quite a bit of reading, as I plan the next chapter of my life. Tim Ferriss’ “The Four Hour Work Week” is one book that I finally got around to reading after a friend recommended it a couple years back. Also, Sebastian Junger, who many of you may know as the author of “The Perfect Storm” (which was made into the movie of the same name), has a new book “Tribe” out that is a fascinating read about soldiers returning from combat. The book becomes much more of a greater exploration of humans and our need to belong to groups. Like many of his books, its part adventure novel and part anthropological study. A college buddy made me aware that Ferriss has a podcast and actually interviewed Junger about his book and I’d encourage everyone to check it out (it’s on YouTube). Two very interesting guys and a very great interview. Junger is interesting to me as he is a sort of modern day Hemingway. Definitely an adventurer type who loves to write in a lean, no BS style that I find people will either love or not care for at all (I love it). In his podcast with Ferriss, Junger talks about his own journey as a writer and the accident that lead him to writing “The Perfect Storm”. I’ve always considered myself a writer (however frustrated or blocked I may have been) and hearing his podcast has given me a kick in the ass (so to speak) to step up my own writing game that I have slowly been getting back into over the last year and a half. Not sure I should join the troops on a tour in Afghanistan a la Junger, but definitely exploring new horizons.
Several friends have noted that when I was told that I was getting laid off I didn’t seem particularly worried or traumatized. Over the last few years I have been doing a lot of self-work…..trying to rid myself of bad habits (procrastination, tardiness) that have held me back or alienated me from others whom I care about. As a result, some have commented that I seem a lot less scattered. I myself have noticed that I have a lot less fear. Perhaps that is most evident in how I am handling this layoff. Fear once ruled my life completely, whether I was conscious of it or not. Change was devastating to me. Strangely enough, I now welcome it. If there is an adventure on the horizon, I cannot wait to see what it is.