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Hey! What’s Going On?

Yeah, I know, you guys are probably wondering what happened to the TikLogic business web site.  Well it’s a long story but after a year of trying to negotiate a divorce settlement I finally had to shut down my company.  It’s funny how people change and become something you never thought they could be.  Sometimes the change is positive and sometimes it’s negative and many times the perceived change in people  is neither positive or negative but it is simply a matter of individual perspective.

I’ve been told by a number of people that because I have a professional image to maintain that I shouldn’t talk about my personal life on my blog.  I completely disagree with this idea.  In fact, I would go so far as to say that this kind of thinking is exactly what is wrong with the corporate world today.  Like it or not, every one of us is a person with a life outside of our work environment.  The events in our personal lives affect us as and act as catalysts for our physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development.  Is it realistic to ask people to put aside their very being for the sake of a “professional image”?  If I am doing my best to be a good person, wouldn’t I want that to be part of my professional image?

Our daily interactions with people are much different if we fail to see others as human beings with hopes and dreams and problems and successes.  If we take a myopic view of people and consider only a professional facade we miss out on the very core of what makes each of us individual, unique and truly interesting.  We will also lack a true understanding of the skills and capabilities of others and from a pure corporate perspective, isn’t it important to understand what our co-workers are capable of?

If there is one message I want to get out in this post it’s that I choose to embrace who I am and even though it may make some people uncomfortable to hear me mention my divorce, it is an event in my life that has caused pain but has also helped me to discover new things about myself and re-evaluate the limits I have placed on myself.  Shutting down my company doesn’t mean that I have lost anything.  It’s part of my personal evolution.

For those of you interested in my business philosophy, stay tuned because I will be talking about those ideas.  But I will also be discussing some more personal topics that may seem out of place for a business focused blog but I assure you, its all relative.

Education

Throughout my career education has been an important component.  Being an IT professional and not having an IT degree (or any University degree) I have spent a lot of my career struggling with the perception that I didn’t have the same level of skill as my peers with the fancy piece of paper.  Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against education and in fact I believe that we should constantly strive to educate ourselves throughout all of our lives.

This video does make me think about our education system and makes me wonder if we are educating properly for today’s world.