Well hello there… long time no blog. I looked at the timeline, and I haven’t blogged in about 3 months, life has gotten in my way. Work has been busy, but mostly, I have been just going through the motions of life. One day at a time, less focused on business, more focused on getting my head on straight than anything else. I have been lazy, I don’t use TE’s much anymore, simply because this blog is what I actually want to promote, and for the most part the TE industry is not exactly prime real estate for this type of blog. So I have to re-focus my advertising and find different venues just for that. This is my first blog of 2016 and I would like to use it for reflection and for direction for the future.
2015 is a year that was full of both ups and downs for me. Beginning in February I was let go from a job I had for 3 years. The work had become tedious, I didn’t like what I was doing and for the most part I was just showing up, doing what I needed to do and didn’t care about the results. I had grown bored with it, I had grown to hate it, and my work reflected that. The drive to work was long, and I was concerned or my old car and what the drive was doing to it so maybe that was part of the reason I had become one of those people that hated what they were doing. Finally the company had seen enough and it was time for me to go. I was out of work for exactly on month, then was hired by a firm that has changed my professional life. The office is about 3 miles from my home, so less wear and tear on the car, plus my commute is now just 10 minutes instead of 35 minutes. I love going to work every day, I enjoy the people I work with, I have fun, and most of all I am treated like an important piece of the puzzle. It isnt a huge corporation, but just a company seeing to the needs of local government and school district employees from around the country and I couldn’t be happier. It is meaningful work and I look forward to opportunities in the New Year as the company grows.
In July, I lost a member of my family. Simon was my loyal feline friend for 15 years, and he had been through it all with me for those 15 years. He had been sick for months and I knew the end was coming. I loved him more than any other pet I had ever owned and losing him was a major blow to me. he had been through several moves, divorce, heartbreak, happiness, good times and of course bad, but through it all I could always count on him being there for me when I came home at the end of the day. Below is one of the last pictures I have of him healthy and he will always be in my heart….
My online business success was pretty non-existent this past year and for the most part I digressed and didn’t do much to move forward. I don’t know if this is due to just being lazy, or just flat out losing interest. I have seen a lot of changes in the industry since I joined, and the direction it is heading for me personally seemed like it was just going to end up being like treading water with no hope of moving forward and being successful. Whether that is due to my lack of effort (probably) or the fact that I just wasn’t as excited about it as I was in the beginning. A lot of what I have been taught in the last 3 years in the business isnt exactly what I was seeing occur in the industry, a lot of double dealing, a lot of back stabbing and most of all, heartbreak for a lot of my friends in the industry. This is a cutthroat business, and you have to have nerves of steel and most of all, a strong dedication to stay the course. I realized that no matter my dedication, no matter my drive, I am not going to make a full time income in the TE industry, and that’s not because of the lack of desire on my part, but due to the fact I don’t have the time or the resources to make it happen. That’s not a bad thing and in fact I don’t regret my time in the industry, simply because if it not for the TE industry I would not have met all of the wonderful people in my life now. The list is too long to name them all but I want to especially focus on a few of them. Brian & Lynn Cullen, Jon Olson, and Robert Arnold. These people have all been role models and very good friends to me over the last year and they are the reason for why I am still here and will not be totally leaving the industry. it is because of these people, specifically Robert and Brian that I am able to continue doing my weekly sports show and I want to thank them for their continued support and participation in that weekly gab fest we do every Sunday. It has been the cause of many a laugh over the past year and I look forward to continuing that in 2016. Blab has been a great platform for the show and I hope to expand on that success in the coming year, and is part of my plan to expand this blog and get it out there.
And now on to this blog. I have been neglecting it for a long time, and one of my resolutions for 2016 is to be more active with it. promote it more, provide more content and promote the hell out of it on several different venues and methods. I have forgotten how much I love writing, and my goals for this coming year is to provide at least two posts per week on a variety of subjects, mostly involving sports and life in general, and yes that will include some political posts as well, since this is an election year and the races will be heating up. I will take a more active role in keeping an eye on the goings on in the political arena. This is a huge opportunity for me to get out there and become part of the discussion in not just the sports arena but in the arena of life and its lessons. I will be 50 years old this year and as I enter into the the last 3rd of my lifetime, I want to make more of an impact and become part of the discussion and not jut a passenger. I hope to be intelligent, I hope to be controversial at times and I hope most of all to increase the participation of my readers.
So on to 2016… lets make it a memorable year for all of us…. thanks for reading…
Scott “The Sports Nerd” Wright