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Blog: Going Solo, Not Alone

Manny Becerra as a child

June 2011

In less than one month, I'll be closing one chapter in my professional life to begin a new one.

I feel it's time to step out of my now-comfort zone to challenge myself further for continued growth and added contribution to the wider community.

After nearly eight (8) years at the community college helping design and develop an accessible website for an audience of 12,000+ students, faculty and staff (local, national and international), presenting at national and regional conferences, snapping thousands of pictures, supporting campus inclusive initiatives, and more, I feel it's time to step out of my now-comfort zone to challenge myself further for continued growth and added contribution to the wider community. I've made the decision to resign from my position at TMCC to pursue a sole proprietorship venture.

I'm going solo, but I don't feel alone in doing this.

There are some natural nerves to this major move, but I'm more excited than otherwise. I have in one form or another, supported small businesses, non-profits, and individuals with creative, side work over the last several years, and now I get to do this on a full-time basis. So, while the shift is happening next month, the move to this new chapter has been an intentional, migration-in-the-making over the last several years.

I've centered my work around developing community through intentional collaboration with like-minded individuals.

I have incredible friends, family and extended community in my life who have offered me their moral support in making this leap. What's more, I've centered my entrepreneurial, side work leading up to this move around developing community through intentional collaboration with like-minded individuals, which will only continue but now in a more full-time, dedicated manner. So, while I'm going solo, I don't feel alone in doing this. And though, there won't be a steady paycheck coming in starting in one month, I saved a little, and I know that over time in following my passion and giving it my best, the rest, such as finances, will fall into place.

I wish my TMCC community—the students, faculty, and staff—only the best, and I'm grateful for the last 8-years. Maybe one day I'll return to teach a class or two or serve in another, helpful capacity, in the meantime, let's see where this new adventure leads.

To pursing your fullest potential.

Manny


I am a problem solver: a tech and people leader with a passion and proven track-record in building and leading empathetic, productive teams—remote and on-site—within a continuous learning culture, while championing usable, inclusive digital products and online experiences. I am also a father, advisor, life-long learner, advocate, community builder, and speaker—I am Human. Learn more