As a fun side project, I recently decided to launch ChangeSides.com, a mini-site that pulls together the blog posts and tweets of some authors, bloggers and entrepreneurs who have both inspired and encouraged me a great deal.
The goal of the site is to help others who want to make changes in their career by introducing them to the people who can help them along the way.
How It Came About
Making changes in your professional life can be both scary and confusing. Walking away from the perceived stability of the corporate world to work for yourself can leave you full of doubt and fear, leaving you questioning your decisions and worrying about ending up living, as Pamela Slim likes to say, in a “van down by the river.”
Sometimes it’s important to read how others have blazed this trail before you to prove that it’s A.) possible and B.) not as hard as you think. It’s also crucial to have some practical advice and step-by-step guidelines available to you when you hit a wall and aren’t sure how to make it to the other side.
Even for those who prefer to stay in the corporate world, there are probably still changes you would like to make. Whether it is creating a more flexible work schedule or navigating through office politics, chances are someone else out there has been through it before and has some words of wisdom to help you better enjoy your time at work.
The Guides On My Journey
As I’ve started down the path of self-employment this year, I have found various writers and bloggers who have helped me along the way. There are a lot of hucksters out there and so-called experts writing about entrepreneurship, lifestyle design, and career advice. But after a few months wading through a lot of poor writing, bad advice, and misguided “expertise” I have assembled an amazing group of people who share their thoughts and advice through their blogs, books, and videos. As I talk to more and more people about starting their own business, I find myself pointing them towards these same writers and sites that I read every week.
Find Your Guides
To make it easier to share these writers with others, I launched ChangeSides.com. The name comes from the idea that we all have bridges we want to cross and walls we need to climb in our lives and that these are the people who can help you take the journey and make it to the other side. The site has no ads and I have no plans to make money from ChangeSides. It was just my attempt to help people find some tour guides for their personal journey.
The website is a work-in-progress, so if you have suggestions or feedback, by all means let me know. Enjoy.
One of the Co-Founders of SideTour, former TechStar (NYC Summer 2011), ex-NBA'er, and past TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon Winner.