By jimgris-Oracle on Apr 03, 2008
Scott Berkun has a great blog on lessons he's learned from four independent years in the real world. If you are thinking of leaving your job at a big tech vendor and going out on your own, Scott is a great resource to tap. The very first lesson he talks about in his post is "Big decisions divide friends" and that is one bit I certainly agree with. Every word in that paragraph hits home to me regarding my own big decision recently -- moving to Japan. At some point I'll write a lessons learned summary of my experiences in this little adventure, and it will surely surprise some people. Both good and bad. The point, though, is that big changes affect things in surprising ways. From Scott: "I learned the people closest to you, aren’t necessarily your best supporters, and you won't find your true supporters until you make decisions big enough to call them out. If you do something big, you will divide the people in your life in unexpected ways: the truth comes out." Yep.