As Your Stomach Turns (over)

I’m supposed to be all busted up, worried, angry, frustrated, and all five stages of grief all at once.  About two weeks ago the stable owner of the stable company I was working for called a bunch of us together and told us that we could come in the next day and get our stuff, or we could take it with us as we left, along with our barely adequate severance packages.  No surprise, and in a large company (from my parochial perspective), knowing that I was one of at least half of the company that was finally succumbing to the sub-prime loan debacle was just news that I was expecting.  Still, I have all kinds of sympathy for the owner as he performed one of his hardest duties with decorum and integrity.  I even told him that.

The thing is, I’m not all busted up.

I’ve been wanting to launch out as a woodworker and luthier for a while, and my wife and I always received just one more medical bill in the mail, or… you know.  Well, a year of listening to Dan Miller ( has come home with me; I’m an entrepreneur.  I’m free to flame out, and just as free to make my first million.  Nobody can “downsize” me (why can’t we call it a “lay-off” anymore, or even just “termination?”)  By the same token, I cannot ride anyone else’s coat-tails into the sunset of mediocrate.  It’s all out there, for all the world to see.

How does it feel?  I’ll tell you.  It feels GREAT!


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5 Responses to “As Your Stomach Turns (over)”

  1. Eric Says:

    Rock on! Look forward to following your journey into the great unknown.

  2. thewoodshepherd Says:

    Me too!

  3. Keith Burtis Says:

    I would call it the great known. Go with your heart, be of service to others and your dream will come true. There is no doubt allowed. Doubt is cancer to a start-up. Drive forward and good luck!

  4. Tobias Says:

    Wow that was strange. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again.
    Anyhow, just wanted to say fantastic blog!

    • thewoodshepherd Says:

      Tobias –

      I am extremely sorry to hear that your comment went disarray! I so appreciate the positive feedback, however. Perhaps your comments will come in from the ether after bouncing off Jupiter when I least expect it!

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