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Taking some time off, big changes happening…

Monday, February 8, 2016 by  
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February
8
2016

I found out last week that the company to which I’ve devoted the last 17 years of my life has decided to close shop.

I’ve worn many hats over the course of those 17 years. I was hired as a programmer, and hit the ground running with a very tough 3-month deadline for a massive project. After completing the project successfully on schedule, I transitioned into the role of senior network administrator. Most of my duties involved Cisco, Linux, database and VM administration, but I’ve also done everything from web design to working with field techs.

Anyway, I’ve known that there was a good chance of something like this happening for a while now, but the earliest it was supposed to occur was late this year. So this news is pretty sudden, and there have been several other complications that have made a bad situation even worse. Also, I loved the company I worked for, and I put everything I had into it. As you might expect, this is a difficult and sad time for me.

So, I have some big choices to make right now, and not a lot of time in which to make them. Remaining in the IT industry is obviously one option, but I’m not opposed to striking off in a bold new direction, either. Starting another business is something I’m strongly considering. I’m not a cubicle guy, and there are some family issues that make a daily commute very difficult, so ideally I’ll be working from home.

crossroads

If you know of anything–permanent employment, contract projects, legitimate business opportunities–I’m all ears. Contact me.

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I’m not sure when I’ll resume my daily blog, but hopefully it won’t be a long absence. Thanks for understanding.

John Stone Fitness Comments

35 Responses to “Taking some time off, big changes happening…”
  1. Hi John, have you thought about going into something fitness or cycle related? With all of your knowledge and experience I would have thought it would be a good match. Anyway good luck! I am sure everything will work out well for you.

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  2. Hey John,

    That sucks man, sorry to hear. Everything will be fine, even never having spoke to you in the real world I know you’re a hard worker. That’s the most important ingredient for success.

    You’ll be killing it at something in no time. 🙂

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  3. John, you are the type of person that is successful in anything you touch. A hard worker. Herculean in your commitment to any task that you take on. And super reliable. Those are just a few of your many talents. You are a winner. I know it

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  4. Thank you all so much. It’s been quite a day, but in a good way. Every single word of encouragement, suggestion and job offer has meant more to me than I can express here. The past week has been horrible, and today I finally saw a little light thanks to many of you.

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  5. I went through a similar thing after 19 years with a company back in 2012. It was a bit scary to suddenly lose the comfy net you’ve had for a long time. I’ve been contracting as a PM/BA ever since, and making more money. It’s a bit nerve racking when you hop from job to job, but it’s helping me learn more of what I want to do so that I can hopefully recognize the perfect opportunity if it comes up. But if you have the drive and want to make a go of running your own business, I’m sure you’ll do great at that, too.

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  6. With everything I’ve read of yours the last ten years, despite having never met you in person, I have zero doubt that not only will you find something and be successful at it, but you will push yourself to be among the best at it.

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  7. I’ve been a follower of your blog, and member of the forums for a long time. Have found you and many members to be an inspiration, and excellent source of information and motivation.

    I have no doubt that this will end up being a positive change that leads onto great things.

    Thank you for all your efforts over the years, and look forward to seeing you bounce back soon 🙂

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  8. Why not open a bike shop? At this stage of the game, you may as well do something you’re passionate about for the next 20 or more years. There’s no time like the present.

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    • As much as I would love it, opening a bike shop is not in the cards right now. Not only are the startup costs beyond my reach, nearly all small bike shops are not profitable these days. Most people I know in the industry tell me I’d be nuts to start a bike shop in this day and age.

      That doesn’t mean I can’t do something related to bikes, though. 😉

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