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I am jumping in the pool here. I may come back and find this to be inappropriate but I want to get started. I had a blog for years. I wrote a magazine column in an industry journal for years. Then a set of circumstances I may discuss here later made me take a turn inward.

That led to a situation like a hand pump well on a farm where the water level dropped and the pump needs to be re-primed. I am actually old enough to have done that as a kid.

To the subject... I think my problem is that I have become an expert on my problems. I need other experts to tell me which of them will go away if I solve the ones that matter. It can't be the ADHD. I was successful for many years in spite of it.

I feel like someone else could look at me and say "Why are you sitting in that Ferrari? Go drive it!" I think the problem is to find out the answer to that question.

I hope looking for the answer because I realize I don't know the answer is a start.

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Comment by Dave Staats on December 7, 2015 at 6:11am

Day 45 Comment:  A placement or two would mean a lot right now. It's not more complicated than that for me , I think.

Comment by Dave Staats on December 2, 2015 at 5:39am

Day 39 Comment: I think I am at a stage where I need to re-discover what a risk even is. I don't see one holding me back now. I only see a need to execute. I need to figure out whether my perspective on this is productive.

Comment by Dave Staats on December 1, 2015 at 1:55pm

Day 38 Comment: It's never any less scary whether I make 600k or 60k in a year. I think my challenge and motivator might be to try to come up with even 5, let alone 10, other jobs that pay more for results than for time compared to what I do when it is going well.  A shortcut for getting up to speed would be nice but I think that's called faith.

Comment by Dave Staats on November 24, 2015 at 5:53am

Day 31 Comment: (I worked ahead a bit for a trip)

Is this humble and confident? I tried to distill that one as much as I could. "Whether I am what you need or not, I am the best ever at being me." Also, I spent 30 years telling people to focus on what they are moving to as opposed to away from. I was surprised to find myself so deep in what I wanted to move away from.

Comment by Dave Staats on November 22, 2015 at 9:19am

Day 27 Comment:

My mom taught high school until she had her first child (me). She taught for less time than it took to go to school for it. My dad spent his whole career with State Farm Insurance. He only had about half of his degree. He spent much of that time wishing he was in radio broadcasting. If you didn't have a degree you reached a ceiling at State Farm. He spent his last 10 or 15 years there wishing he could be retired. He was a great guy. He took care of us. And...State Farm took care of him in ways companies no longer do. It just was typical of 'the way things were'. I think all of that inspired much of what I ended up doing. Not finishing school. Then finishing school only because I wanted to. Also getting into a career where  I had control over my destiny. That has been mostly a good thing. Now I am looking for a balance.

Comment by Dave Staats on November 19, 2015 at 7:29am

Day 24 Comment: Gratitude indeed.

Comment by Dave Staats on November 18, 2015 at 3:58am

Day 23 Comment: I'll talk with two today just for this purpose while meeting with about a dozen.

Comment by Dave Staats on November 17, 2015 at 6:20am

Day 22 Comment: I am already paid for what I do and know instead of my time.

Comment by Dave Staats on November 16, 2015 at 5:44am

Day 21 Comment:

Weeeelllll.... I got what I wanted from the first one. I know that isn't meant to happen and I still want to complete the program but I mention this because it would not have happened if I hadn't listened to the audio book before starting this. Also. It was right in front of me before the book too.

Comment by Dave Staats on November 15, 2015 at 7:28am

Day 20 Comment:

Jalen, this process is similar to how a headhunter gets a client. There are many ways to follow Dan's advice. Many of them can work. I just want to reinforce your notion to tailor your cover letters. I'd suggest if you don't care enough to do that it may not be good for you. Also, if you don't care enough to do that it will make a big impression on the addressee...but not the one you want. Some of this I learned the hard way many years ago. Some of it ends up in my inbox. When I check the "info@" address of my website once every couple months and find 3 or 4 resumes and cover letters addressed to "Dear Sir or Madam" I just sigh and delete. I confess I even did some of that fairly recently before I got the book. It wasn't "Dear Sir or Madam" level but it may as well have been. I ended up getting my new position by directly contacting someone I knew in the industry.

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