Not many people know this, but I used to be really really into trading, mainly swing trading currency pairs and oil, but drifting into day trading stocks at the open from time to time, too.
Long story short, I could not stop thinking about this company and all the potential its technology and team have… so I accepted their offer. I joined them as Chief Growth Officer on November 1 🙂
This brings me to the subject of Side Projectitis (which I am sure will one day be an ICD-recognized illness).
Over the past several weeks, I kept saying that I didn’t want to be employed again after leaving my last position in August… but I’ve since realized that, right now, I love the idea of having side projects more than I love the idea of running a company as a solo founder with no other income. In part, that self-awareness is what led to my portfolio of projects mission in the first place, but even when I imagined my project portfolio, I imagined them as existing under one ‘umbrella’ company, potentially being spun off if any given project were particularly successful.
And there was something that didn’t quite sit right for me with that. I am not the type of person to have just one thing and no other occupation (note: The One Thing by Gary Keller is an amazing book on goal setting, and you should read it yep yep yep): I need a limited (read: healthy) amount of context switching to keep my creativity and motivation fresh for each project.
By only selecting a small number of contexts and really loving each one, I genuinely miss a project when I’m not working on it. (After I write this, I’m off to work on my side project after a few days crushin’ it with freelance work… and I can’t wait!)
It’s this desire only to have side projects that I am calling Side Projectitis. And far from a disease, for me, it’s actually a blessing. I love having side projects. It’s a way for me to problem solve, be creative, learn new skills, and hopefully earn some extra cash, all without the pressures of ‘having a company’. Side projects are a hobby for me, and I think I’ve finally accepted that I want to keep them this way (at least for the foreseeable future).
So, the bottom line here is this: this offer came at the perfect time. I’ve found an amazing mutually-beneficial combination of a growth-related position and a cool side project. I already see parallels where they can feed off each other, and I’m stoked to be filling my time with meaningful exciting work.
Happy, happy, Milly.