Sunday Column (231)

This week passed exceptionally quickly. Being back from holidays, I had to go through 1,000 emails. Just kidding, I am still not back at work and have been doing some work over the two weeks I was away. However, I still had to catch up on opportunities, networked and met people this week.

I spent a fair amount of time in Brighton, networking with the digital industry there. I met someone who I should have met years ago I think. No, I am not only saying that, but I have been positively impressed to find likeminded people that want to build sustainable companies, with happy employees, rather than short lived VC backed ventures to be sold quickly. Of course there is nothing wrong with the latter, but some companies are just overhyped. And, I also believe you can combine both…..but maybe this is a whole topic in itself for another time.

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It is good to meet likeminded people. People much higher in the food chain who went through redundancies. Shared learning, shared experience. They all moved on. People who travel, work on worldwide missions, internationally successful managers. Networking, it still works, and it is a lot of fun.

Also, I managed to spend quality family time. And quality friend time. My wife went to meet some friends, so I enjoyed the boys for the majority of Saturday. I again tried to seduce them with pizza. On that note I managed to cook some decent food this weekend, no take away! I still struggle to keep my youngsters entertained. I managed of course, and we built a space rocket and cycled.

I went back to my running routine, managed to have some veggie juice and feel like I am losing weight, resulting in me having less energy. If …. and only if I continue to keep that routine up, I am confident to shed just another few kilos and get a lot fitter. Less meat. No cheese. More juice. More muesli. No chocolate. No crisps. Much reduced booze consumption. Latter was exceptionally good this week. The meat was still consumed, no doubt you saw my pictures of pulled pork.

Happy days really. I feel like I am regaining some focus. That is good. It is a struggle to get started but will pay off long term.

We then started potty training for no. 2. Not an easy process. But we will get through that too. It is great to see the boys developing and growing up. Although we stopped the training again on Sunday.

The time I spend with them seems to give me a stronger bond, yet I am a bit apprehensive of going back to work, not seeing them during the week. But I guess, unless I work locally (or live locally in London), this isn’t really a choice. I suppose, and there is no regret, it is one of those lifestyle choices one has to make. And I would have to go back to work unless I won the lottery soon. I am looking forward going back to work, making a difference and giving my life a purpose. I love working, seriously do!

Overall a good week. I made some really good connections, and I met some really great people. Exciting times ahead.

Have a great week,
Volker