My first ConneXions Workshop is scheduled to start in less than three weeks and I have only five people signed up. I have an interesting challenge facing me: bootstrapping a whole new business where I am responsible for 100% of the deliverables which include the website, the email campaigns, the course content and the event logistics and marketing. I feel a bit like Sisyphus pushing the rock uphill, but I am the one who chose the hill and the rock.
I feel a bit of overwhelm on a pretty regular basis, and that should not be a surprise. At the age of 70, I have decided to put down 50 years of being a programmer and take a radical turn in a different direction. From engineer to recovering engineer to fledgling teacher. I know the business model because I have done it before. Back in the 1990’s, Donna and I had The Socrates Group which we ran out of our house in Redmond. I went on the road to teach technology concept courses while she ran the logistics. Only thee differences between then and now:
- I am teaching human / soft skills rather than technology architecture
- Public audience rather than corporate which means I am also responsible for course marketing and enrollment
- I am twenty years older.
It scares me sometime, but it’s a healthy fear. It lights a fire under my butt and informs me that I still have lots of work to do.