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“Who Am I? Where Am I Going? How Am I Going To Get There?” – Don Duran
It was a quote from a leadership program I attended in college that changed my life. Before those questions, I had no idea who I was, what I wanted to do, where I was going, or even how I was going to get there. And in a way, to this day, I still have to repeat that quote to myself along the way, because I get lost at times. Eventually, I do find the strength to keep going, but it was great man named Don Duran who inspired me to travel down this path, a path that I am still on, through this website, and in life.
You see, in college, I wanted to do what he did. I wanted to help others the way he did. I wanted to inspire the way he did. I wanted to help people understand their own lives, what they were doing in their lives, what they wanted to do, and help them to figure out how they would do it. It drove me to love all aspects of psychology. Fortunately and unfortunately, life happens when you’re busy making plans (John Lennon), and today, as I have been for many, many years, I am a web developer who cannot escape the business because I love the business. I am naturally an introvert who loves his alone time and the Internet and find ways to make money through it. This has been my way of making a living, my means of survival, and it is also quite a comfortable living, at least for now. I would still love to pursue my dreams of helping others personally and professionally to figure out, “Who am I? Where am I going? How Am I Going To Get There?“, but perhaps I already do that, just not in the conventional way.
It is interesting how much Confessions of the Professions has become a habit. A good one or a bad one? Only time can tell. A blog, to most people, is their “journal” online, and is usually just a hobby. An innocent hobby that tends to keep our minds busy, as we think about what to write, think about how a website is going to run, accepting contributions and editing for presentation on our websites.
As we enter into our fifth year, Confessions of the Professions still remains the #1 project. Confessions written on here were meant to help readers get a perspective of someone else outside of themselves, to learn about topics they might have never known about before, and to understand a different way of thinking like they have never done before. This is the guide to understanding who you are, where your passion is, and what you want to do with your life. Maybe a change in jobs, careers, or even life. Whatever the confessions inspires you to do, we hope it helps you in your life in some way.
It is really good to know you are reading. The world is kind of crazy out there, with cryptocurrencies becoming a big deal, debating their legitimacy, and things going on all over the world. Amazing how we are still all insane. There can be some comfort in knowing that things are okay and normal, even if you have to pretend. Every year, I try to make some end of the year or beginning of the year confession and I reveal details about myself, about the future of Confessions of the Professions, and I just hope I continue to get more readers, because it is you who keeps me going, who keeps me writing, as if I have family reading.
You don’t have to agree with me and you can totally disagree with the things I say. I encourage it. I recommend you write on Medium.com or your own blog in a reply to anything written on here. We did remove comments this year, not to hide your voice, or silence it, but because encouraging you to start your own blogs and reply on other platforms means you care enough to write a statement, opinion, or remark. We, I, us, me and contributors, hope you continue reading and enjoy the Confessions of the Professions.
As for 2018 and our future: for aesthetics, we are experimenting with several different layouts to see what might be a good fit for Confessions of the Professions. The one we currently have is one that we are likely to stick with for a while, but we are looking at ever improving, making our content the focus, similar to the beautiful design of Medium.com. Simplicity. Minimalism. The focus is on content. We certainly love our new look, and if you haven’t read about it already, we did have some mishaps in 2017, in which there were about 3 incidents where the website was completely offline for a total of about 5 days or so. We do apologize for this incident and this is part of the reason, for those of you who are long-time readers, our theme has completely changed.
For content, we always have a little bit of everything. It is the readers and the contributors who keep the future of this website going. We thank you for our loyal fans and hope that you keep reading, share with your social media channels, and with your friends and family. There is still plenty going on at Confessions of the Professions and we are not stopping anytime soon. If you have already done so, we continue to encourage you to contribute your confessions. If you are new or just getting started, why not contribute a confession about your job, your workplace, your career, your boss, a co-worker, or even your life?