Next month when I pull out of Credentials Corridor, that is the Northeast, I will be 68 years old. I will have had a few successes under my belt. But, essentially in the Southwest, where I am headed, I will be starting out in a new game. Can I make it again?
That, I have a hunch, will depend mostly on how much I can unlearn the East Coast old guard's formulas for how to make our way professionally.
Those included good schools. I had earned degrees at the University of Michigan and had attended Harvard Law School.
Next was doing work for brandname companies and clients. I had been a full time employee at the Fortune 500. Understanding that game I easily picked them back up when I became a consultant. "Consultant," of course, is what we grandly labeled ourselves when we were early adopters in being contract workers.
And, most importantly, there are those big names on our network. I was able to have them answer my calls and respond to my emails.
Yes, days of heaven. That was then.
In the Southwest I will have to learn a game not dominated by East Coast values. That's what excites me: Doing the hustle, in fresh ways.