On The Eve of Destruction

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:

  1. I am teaching human / soft skills rather than technology architecture
  2. Public audience rather than corporate which means I am also responsible for course marketing and enrollment
  3. 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.

Bob Jones

I live in two worlds: my head and my heart. My head world involves computer programming while my heart world lives in connecting deeply with people all over the world and in teaching people to connect more deeply and authentically.

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