Today is Friday the 13th.
It’s supposed to be unlucky. I don’t how, beyond all the cheesy, better-left-in-the-80s slasher flicks about a guy in a hockey mask thinning the herd of dumb coeds maybe suggesting it. Whatever the reason, anytime the 13th day of the month falls on a Friday, there’s no escaping the reference.
I’m feeling lucky today. I’m accepting a job offer this afternoon. After almost six years of training development, knowledge management, and data center operations, I’ll be completing my next career pivot in a little over two weeks – to web development.
Let’s take a step back for a moment. I started this site because:
a) I believe in work life parallel
b) I’m always having to explain it to people, and
c) I want to start a movement taking it to the next level.
Here’s how I explain work life parallel.
I love rally racing; driving fast on primitive roads, drifting, jumping; day or night, rain or shine. The ultimate realization of work life parallel, then, might be making my living as a professional rally driver.
Two problems with this. First, there is so little demand for professional rally drivers, even people exponentially more talented than I stand a snowball’s chance in hell of making any money at it. I’m pushing 40, with neither race car nor seat time. Yeah. Not happening.
Second, my interests are too varied. I also love writing, publishing, and travel. Much as I love rally racing, I don’t love it enough to dedicate my life to the pursuit of a paid seat, be that with a professional team or corporate sponsorship of my own.
Here’s work life parallel in action right now.
I want to sell Gearbox Magazine merchandise, but never have time to develop a store. My new job will immerse me in the Magento eCommerce platform within a small company where I can also bring other skills to bear.
Not only will I be making a little more money through this move, I’ll be gaining incredibly valuable experience with something I’ve been looking to use, personally, for years. Add to that being able to step in and make an immediate impact with multiple skillsets I enjoy – training, documentation, knowledge management, etc. – I’m really excited about this move.
Work life parallel begins with reflection. Start thinking about some of the things you most enjoy doing. How much experience do you have in these areas? Can you translate that into any marketable skills? If so, you’re already halfway there. If not, well, we’re going to figure it out together.