My birthday is in a couple of days and that means Christmas and the end of the year are just around the corner. I’ve always liked reflecting and thinking about the next year a bit earlier than most. This year is a lot different in that I’m getting married in just over 3 weeks
On a walk today with my fiancé and our dog I mentioned some things I’ve been thinking about for 2015. Other than us being married, I’ve been thinking about life and career stuff. This year has been consumed with planning a proposal and our subsequent wedding. Those of you who are married or engaged, you know how much time and energy that takes.
So here are some thing I’m focusing on this year.
Fifty & Fifty
This year I received a promotion at Fifty & Fifty. I am the new VP of Engineering and I have a lot of growing to do with this title. In terms of programming knowledge, I wouldn’t match up well against a lot of VP’s. The position is more than that though and that’s where I’m going to focus my energy. Those areas being management and motivation.
I certainly don’t feel the most qualified for the position, but that’s really never been the case with any job I’ve held at the beginning. I’ve always had a learning curve to overcome and this is no different.
Closing out this year I’ve already set up a structure for our small department and a framework for our team to grow in. I decided on pay scales and job descriptions and really made a lot of headway there. I’m pretty stocked with the progress, to be honest.
My idea with the business was to do quick WordPress setups with as little hassle as possible. But when it comes to websites and setting up, there’s never a hassle-free experience. Later in the year we started transitioning over to more of a subscription and support model. A good and sustainable decision in my opinion.
Recently Chris and I met about the business and it went great. We decided to flip our roles in the company. He would take the lead to grow the business and I would offer advanced support to him. It makes total sense with all my responsibility with Fifty & Fifty. He’s quite motivated to grow the business and doesn’t enjoy his current job enough to commit to it long-term.
I’m all about finding your passion and spending your time there. We’re looking to get up to 30 subscriptions as soon as possible and he’ll be completely self-sufficient after that. I’m excited for Chris and where he will take the business. I will still have an important role within the company, I’m just not going to drive the ship.
Here’s where things get interesting for me. My good friend James Pearson once asked me “if money was not a concern, what would you do with your life?”. My answer was coaching. I love coaching and helping people achieve their goals. I knew early on in life that I would be a much better coach/teach than I would ever be an athletes. Though, my hope was to be a professional athlete, of course.
Life got a little crazy and the responsibility of it crept up on me. I went to school. Traveled the world a bit and started a career. As a 23 year old elite athlete, I never would have imagined all of things I would have accomplished by age 30.
I also never would have imagined the amount of weight I would have gained and a job in an office with no windows. It wasn’t my style. At the end of my 20’s I started doing triathlons to help lose weight. I fell in love with the sport but have suffered a lot of injury/illness setbacks. Nevertheless, I’m still motivated to train, compete and now coach.
Earlier this year I went to Santa Fe, New Mexico to get certified to coach by USAT. I completed and passed all of my tests. With all of the planning this year, I had no time to coach and start that business.
In 2015 I would like to kickstart my coaching career. I’m a little insecure about my ability to coach cycling and running so there has been some hesitation coaching in those areas. That’s just an excuse I’ll have to get over as well all the other one’s I’m sure to think up.
Here are some things I want to get going in January:
- Land some Sprint/Olympic distance athletes to coach
- Put together a plan for my business online
- Put on one swim clinic at some point
- Focus on learning more about training people on the bike and on the run
Last week I joined an online business community called Fizzle. It’s a growing community of people starting businesses (mostly on the side like me) and their tagline includes them not letting me quit. That’s a really good and helpful thing. There are a lot of great concepts and resources that are useful for individuals trying to run all the parts of their show.
The answer is simple. Now, I get married, head off on a honeymoon and start chasing my dream. There isn’t much else to worry about until January 1, 2015. This year was jam packed with life-change and it’s time to really focus and execute some of the small things in my life in order to pursue my passion for coaching sports (not just coders).