I have worked more than 30 years, with slightly less than 30 years spent in professional, business, and executive roles. I have made some mistakes despite many career scores. So after a wise mentor sat me down one afternoon over lunch, my career took a different turn, and eventually, I went into business.
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The mass market business model is a compelling model to many. Whether you are selling physical products, or software and services, many seem to gravitate towards the mass market model with the singular hope of becoming the next billionaire. However, not everyone will reach that goal, and there is another equally viable business model. What are some things to remember in a sustainable business?
I was an unhappy employee in the early 1990s, having outgrown quite many jobs that came my way. Mind you, I should be grateful, and I was. I was headhunted several times and landed really great jobs in top companies in financial services and professional services.
The Rōnin (浪人, or wanderer) describes a samurai with no lord during the feudal period of Japan which lasted till the 19th century. Some of you may have heard of the tale of the 47 Rōnin, or have visited the shrine museum at Sengaku-ji (泉岳寺). The Rōnin enjoyed no perks or fixed stipends, and had to fend for themselves. It would seem pointless to be a Rōnin, right? Not so fast.