Unemployment Continues: The Ups and Downs

Today, I’m feeling optimistic about a few job opportunities which may actually be real. Well, I’m excited about one in particular but also terrified of it. I’m the closet to getting that one as well. Whatever I do I want to kick major ass at it. And I feel like I’m finally rested enough and in a good mental state to succeed, but I know with that mental state it isn’t likely to last long. However, I just want to get this job and move forward with my life. But still ahead lies all the negotiation and such, if I get an offer. And we all know how much I hate negotiating for myself.

That said — I am getting excited about this potential. I realized that what’s most important is that I work for a company where I’m passionate about the product and the purpose it serves. In this case I’m definitely passionate about the product’s purpose – while it’s still a business it does ultimately help society and I think that’s going to greatly effect how I feel when I wake up in the morning for another day at the office. Sure the typical laws of business still apply and if I don’t succeed at the business side of things my do-gooder sentimentality won’t really help much,, but at the least it will keep me enthusiastic during any tough business times.

In addition to the job possibility, there is a decent chance a good friend of mine who is very talented will leave his current role to consult for my team. This would be absolutely amazing as we complement each other well professionally and he is one of the hardest working people I know who is also really, really good at his job. I think as a leader no matter how good you are individually your success is largely dictated on how well you attract the best people. I’ve had trouble with that as I’m socially – uh – abnormal – but on the rare occasion I make a friend who clicks with my working style as well. Even though I’m not sure if this will all play out for many reasons, I’m looking forward to the possibility of working with him again and mind melding to do some brilliant work and really help a business grow. I can’t do it on my own, that’s for sure. Talent is hard to find, esp talent that knows how to get stuff done and get the right stuff done.

So I guess I’m in a really good mood right now… with all the potential for this to work out. But I’m nervous about everything until negotiations are done and paperwork has been signed (as I should be.) I might be able to get everything wrapped up this week, take my two week vacation and come back to town with a job and a start date (wouldn’t that be awesome and just perfect?) Well, we’ll see, but I’m trying to stay positive. I don’t want to invest too much time in prepping for this role if I’m not going to get it — and I need to also focus on the other roles I’m applying for at the moment — and applying for others if nothing else pans out — but I just have a good feeling about this. I just hope it works out.

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