You are not alone, one-third of the workforce is dreaming about starting their own business, according to research. With a long professional experience, you have even more to offer with your own enterprise. When you have climbed the corporate ladder for decades you have experience, skills, and hard earned knowledge. Some of us start to realize that we can do so much more with these assets.
You can both design a life with you and your family in the center and impact society in radical ways. To leave your corporate career and create a new life is not easy, but for me it was necessary. I left after two decades a very successful corporate career. I was then Management consultant and Partner at a large global advisory in IT. The digital development of corporations and government bodies has been my working field. For me, it was the need to create the kind of life I really loved with time for me and my family combined with the knowledge that to really tackle the big issues we are facing today I can contribute so much more if I own my own time and my own agenda.
The key question to ask oneself in the middle of your career is: Do I want more out of life? If the answer is yes, you have started your journey!
When looking at your current situation there are many things to consider; your career, your family, your economic situation and other responsibilities you might have. It is easy to get stuck there but the key is your dreams. If you really know what you want you will find a way to get it. To do it right you need a long-term plan and to develop your skill to stick to it.
When I got explicit about my goals I found this. I needed to own my own time, I cannot sell my most precious asset anymore. I needed to use the time I have in a way that makes sense to me, no one else (this is harder than you might think). I needed to find ways
of creating more of my renewable assets energy and money. When I got this sorted,
I identified what gave me energy and what took my energy, and step by step altered my life accordingly. My knowledge of the digital development has given me so much inspiration in the money-making side of this journey. There are all kinds of ways to make money on knowledge and experience today and the only thing limiting us is our own fears and lack of imagination. It’s a pity the generations currently holding the long experience have so little understanding of any other form of money generation than selling themselves by the hour to an employer.
I love to hear your view on this and your experience!