I left my most recent job last month. For the first time since I started my professional career, I found myself with a big chunk of time on my hands. I quickly realized that I didn’t really know how to relax. I had been wound up for several months attempting to recruit niche tech talent – a zero-sum game in Austin these days – in my role as a Software Development Manager.
I’ve also come to realize that my job – the twists and turns in the career path – is not what defines me. It’s the unique set of core values that are central to who I am that define me. Those core values also should drive every decision we make, our behaviors and our interactions with others. I own my career; my career doesn’t own me.
The most enjoyable part of this time off, though, has been spending time with Christina and Grey. Babies grow up so quickly, and with Grey, it’s been something new every day. I want to make sure I’m not one of those guys that ends up wishing later in life that he had spent more time with his family.
This summer has seen a fulfilling sequence of events so far, and I’m looking forward to the next set of challenges the future holds!