Blog: Going Solo, Not Alone
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. Over the years, I have in one form or another, supported small businesses, non-profits, and individuals with creative, side work, 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, inevitable migration-in-the-making.
I've centered my work around developing community through intentional collaboration with like-minded individuals.
I'm going solo, I don't feel alone in doing this. 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 creating sustainable, equitable, and thriving collaboration opportunities that, in doing so, the future seems bright. This wasn't necessarily hard to do, as this was and remains an approach my own mother and many other individuals in our predominantly immigrant community growing up did, which was community-centered, equitable partnerships. And though, there won't be a steady paycheck coming in starting in one month, I saved a little in preparation for this move, and I know that over time in following my passion and giving it my best with the approach mentioned above, the rest, such as finances, will fall into place over time.
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.
I am human, a father, and a problem solver: a tech and people leader with a passion and proven track-record in building and leading compassionate, productive teams—remote and on-site—within a continuous learning culture. My teams and I champion usable, inclusive digital products and online experiences. My work, passion and intentions also intersect with advising small businesses and political campaigns, life-long learning, outdoor advocacy, community building, and uplifting others. Learn more about Manny