“Gentlemen, I’m done.” I pushed my chair back from the table and felt a huge wave of relief wash over me. It had been 18 months, and for at least six months I had been kicking against the pricks, so to speak, about what I wanted my future to look like. I had no idea what I would do next, but whatever it was, it would require extensive education on how to actually run a business.
It was late 2010 when I lit my hair on fire and started a business with two partners. Collectively we had more than 30 years of experience in technical recruiting, surviving the dot com bust and the 2008 bust and whatever busts had happened in between. Shortly before we launched, we collectively closed $300k in business at our previous company, so we had every reason to believe that we were going to rock this whole thing and come out zillionaires. We met on a weekly basis, building out a comprehensive business plan, discussing the clients we would go after ad nauseum, and picking titles. I was the CPO, which in retrospect should have been the writing on the wall. Just what IS a Chief People Officer, anyway? I digress.
I really had no idea what I was doing.
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