Going In Harm’s Way


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Going In Harm’s Way

  1. 1. Going in Harm’s Way Advice for Budding Entrepreneurs and Career Aspirants Al Walsh Walsh Enterprises Business & Financial Advisors Huntington Beach, California USA http://www.awalsh.us [email_address] (714) 465-2749
  2. 2. <ul><li>In seeking knowledge for career or entrepreneurial development, I always recommend that aspirants move out of their comfort zone and look for new opportunities that will develop their capabilities. </li></ul><ul><li>We live & work in a world that’s becoming increasingly “specialist-oriented”. If you don’t take charge of your own fate, you may very well be pigeon-holed into a dead-end corner. </li></ul><ul><li>You need to proactively pursue opportunities that will advance your knowledge and provide platforms for growth. </li></ul><ul><li>In other words, you need to take charge and reinvent yourself periodically. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>When I started my career, I had no idea what I wanted to do other than that I had some interest in the financial markets courtesy of a Chief Petty Officer I knew in the Navy who was an investor. When I got out of the service, I decided to obtain a Finance degree and then take a look at my options. But I wasn’t satisfied to just take the college curriculum; I wanted more direct experience & knowledge. So, while in college I convinced one of the major firms to take me into their broker training program. What a great decision that was! In the two years I spent with that firm, I learned more about the financial markets than most senior corporate people I’ve worked for since; and I’m talking about some pretty high-powered folks. That knowledge has served me well on countless occasions. Of course, it didn’t hurt that my finance professor was a former major player in the CBOE. </li></ul><ul><li>After that experience, I paid the dues to earn my CPA, and then entered the corporate world. I wanted to absorb as much useful knowledge as possible, as quickly as possible, so I looked for companies and opportunities that would provide crash programs on a wide array of topics. As a result, I developed solid hands-on expertise in a veritable mountain of subject areas such as international trade & finance, mergers & acquisitions, defense contracting, foreign & domestic joint partnerships, contracts, law, and many others. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>In many situations, I took added responsibility for non-financial functions such as IT, HR, Safety, Procurement, Contracts, and others; expanding my knowledge & usefulness further. It also gave me great self-confidence. </li></ul><ul><li>I remember being told once by a headhunter who was also a good friend that I would never make CFO because I didn’t have an MBA. I achieved that goal in year-four of my career, earning my MBA 21 years later. Never let others tell you what you can & can’t do. </li></ul><ul><li>Eventually I grew intellectually to the point where I realized that Finance & Accounting held few new challenges for me, so I looked for opportunities to move into operational and general management. I’ve held Project Management, GM, COO, and CEO positions with companies of varying size and complexity in multiple industries. </li></ul><ul><li>I’ve had a rich & rewarding career, and now utilize my formidable capabilities to help other companies grow & prosper. </li></ul><ul><li>None of this would have happened if I hadn’t been willing to move out of my comfort zone and go “in harm’s way”. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>I started my career when desk top computers weren’t even a dream yet, so the world has changed dramatically. If the internet power that we now take for granted had been in existence then, I could have sped up my career development to light-speed. There’s information out there on just about any topic; usually free. Instead, I had to throw myself into new territory and learn as I went, talk employers into sending me to training programs, and other nefarious schemes. </li></ul><ul><li>The young person trying to develop their career or gain knowledge to be an entrepreneur should be doing all of these things. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s inherent in our world that we must take responsibility for our own fates; no one else will do it for us. So stick your neck out and look for new challenges. Get on the internet and do something besides play games or talk on Facebook. Stop wasting you time reading airy messages by people who don’t know anything, but like to talk. And don’t be afraid to take risks. </li></ul><ul><li>Even if you fail at something, you will have learned lessons and can move on to the next challenge. Even the most accomplished people have failures in their lives. The smartest learn from those failures and get “right back on the horse”. </li></ul>