And now for something completely different

I’ve been very lucky in the 9 years that I’ve been working for myself. Lucky in the opportunities to travel and the people that I’ve met. Lucky in I’m doing something I love – playing with and building the latest technologies.  Lucky on the financial side of things that it’s given me a wide range of choices.

So, it’s surprised the people I’ve told that I’m now going to be doing something completely different.

No it’s not the economy. I can see the effects of the slowdown but I’m one of the most ‘low maintenance’ people I know (anybody who lives in Drogheda and drives a ’98 Toyota isn’t exactly into bling!) I’d be ok. And the uptick (in 18months – 2 years time) is the most profitable bit of the economic cycle.

No , it’s not through lack of clients. One of the most painful parts of the decision have been the 3 prospective projects that I’ve had to turn down. The sort of ideal projects that I’d working to land for the previous 2 years.

No, it’s not through lack of choices. Two other ‘life changing’ choices I had to turn down were to scale inside a well known consultancy, or specialise in one tool and go international (you know who you are guys, thanks for making the final decision so hard 🙂

So why then?
The basic reason is that I’m enjoying this now (as in big smile on Monday mornings), but can see that I might not be enjoying it in 3 years time. And chances like this one don’t come along every day. That, and I’m fascinated by the new area and people that these guys are working with.

And what you’re doing is?
This is a big change for me, so a bit nervous about it and will blog about the new job (and it is very much a job, rather than being self-employed) in due course. It will either be the very best, or very worst thing that I’ve done.

Luckily it’s still dealing with People and Technology so no need to change the blog title … and I’m still a techie at heart (in that I’ll play with the stuff even if I’m not paid to) so expect more in that area!


  1. Pat Phelan · July 8, 2008

    Best of luck, looking forward to your post

  2. Ken McGuire · July 8, 2008

    Onwards to new beginnings is it? Nice one Paul, best of luck with the change.

  3. Donncha O Caoimh · July 8, 2008

    Very brave of you, and I’m very curious about what you’re going to do next!

  4. Paul Browne · July 8, 2008

    Thanks for the sentiments – must update the LinkedIn page *after* I make some changes to this site (to prevent any confusion!).

    Think LinkedIn ‘pings’ you automatically to any changes , so you won’t have to hold your breath for too much longer 🙂

  5. Stephen Downey · July 8, 2008

    The best of luck with the change over Paul.

  6. Anthony Griffin · July 10, 2008

    Best of luck Paul

  7. Paul Browne · July 21, 2008

    OK, finally got to updating the site and the linked in profile.

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