As I evaluate 2017 I'm pleased with how it turned out. The way it ended though will play a very important role in how 2018 goes. In November of 2017 I was promoted at my company. You are selected by your manager for the position and then you go through a panel interview. It's a huge promotion that only half of the 14 people who interviewed got, and I was one of them.
Then I turned it down....
After they announced on a conference call that I had promoted I was very happy. Then when I hung up the phone it hit me. I was not going to be able to start my own company or anything like that. As a salaried manager at my company you live there. If you're needed to come in you do. I don't want that, but more importantly I want to be my own boss.
Ever since I can remember I've wanted to own a business. When other kids wanted to play on the team I wanted to own it. I've had many ideas and I came very close when I started Fight CLL. I started Fight CLL as a non-profit for my wife Wendy who had leukemia. A few years later Wendy and I divorced so Fight CLL never materialized.
In many ways losing Fight CLL was one more thing that the divorce took from me. I wanted to help Wendy so bad when she was diagnosed that I started the site. It ended up taking off and it became more than about Wendy, or so I thought because when we split I was finished with it. It didn't change how much work went in it, but the reason for doing Fight CLL was gone.
Now I go into 2018 starting a brand new business. As time goes on I will reveal more about it and what's happening. It's important to me to use this blog to help others gain the confidence to go for their dream and show the steps, trials, and tribulations that come with it. This journey is very exciting and I'm ready for it, and I look forward to sharing my experience here.