In mid-August I left for a 2-week overseas vacation. 2 glorious weeks with family and no e-mail or voice mail! I was so relaxed when I returned that I extended my that marvelous "vacation glow" by not being particularly ambitious (including not blogging) for two more weeks. But - a leopard does not change it's spots, and I cannot change who I am. I think about career development a lot and I have a lot I want to say on the topic.
A couple of days ago I was at the grocery store and was leafing through people magazine in the checkout line. There was an article about minority authors and how they chose to write about the things they wrote about. There was an interesting quote by Toni Morrison - I didn't actually buy the magazine so I am going to paraphrase - it went something like this: "Once you decide that you are NOT going to write about the white man and his establishment, you open the door wide to all kinds of possibilities." (my apologies to Ms. Morrison if I have misrepresented her meaning!).
The quote really got me because I think that on this blog I often write and give advice from the perspective of the establishment. I grew up poor and in some ways sheltered (isolated?). So when I entered Corporate America I had a lot of new things to figure out. I have spent the last several years figuring out the "game" so I could have success and I like to share what I learned so that others can succeed also. But I realize I do often represent the "establishment."
Do I want to take Ms. Morrison's advice and take that off the table? What would happen to this blog if I did?