Corporate Zombie

For more then a decade, I have spent my days in service to major corporations. During those ‘interesting’ times, I also worked on developing, designing and marketing other peoples websites. It was a long period of my life that was filled with very long days. In fact, it was not uncommon for my yesterday to bleed into my today, or even tomorrow. And my physical health paid the heaviest price. Literally. I gained over 60 lbs during the last 11 years of sitting behind a monitor. I also started smoking after a 7+ year hiatus. And for a short period of time, I drank way too much, way too often.

But I did learn some very interesting things. I learned that kissing up is as important as doing a good job; sometimes even more so. That knowledge in your field and creative solutions is not nearly as valued as becoming friends with your boss; and being able to steal credit for the work of others. Most importantly, and recently, I learned that I could not spend my life working for other people. I simply could not do it anymore. For me, it was a slow death.

Don’t get me wrong, I know there are many people that do very well working for others. It’s just not for me. I am no longer a corporate zombie.


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