I’ve had a super career, , , , worked for some great companies, , , worked with some of the best people in the industry, , , and I have truly enjoyed most of the aspects of my 20-plus years working in a corporate setting in IT manager and CIO roles. The last 10 years of running my own training company has been icing on the cake.
There have been a few downside moments but for the most part it has been good.
Something I do now that I wish I had started earlier in my career is to maintain a journal. I actually keep two journals. One is a personal journal and the other is what I call my business journal. Both were started some ten years ago when I started my company.
I don’t write in them every day nor every week and not even every month. I write in them when I want to log something that I feel is an event worth remembering, , , or that I would want my son to read when he is 60 years old long after my career is over and done with.
I add photos, charts, do a little drawing (albeit my artwork is very crude, , , and I use the term “artwork” carefully), and make comments that I believe will be worth recalling when I’m 80 or worth sharing with others.
- How it felt when I received my first set of published books
- Sitting at the airport for my first trip to South Africa
- Launching my IT Manager Institute Self Study from The Point at our Camp Liberty cabin
- Learning something that boosted our business
- Strategies I put into place to grow the company
- A special “date night” with my wife
- A funny event that will make me laugh every time I read about it
Little things, , , big things, , , what is important is that there are things taking place in your life that you will want to remember. I recommend you write them down in a journal because one day you will be mighty happy you wrote a few comments about that special event you had with your employees, , , an award you received from your company, , , how you felt when you finally got the big promotion you’ve been working for, etc.
Keep it simple and make it something that is special for you, , , because if it is it will be special for someone else to read one day.