Background: How I Sold My Business

Before jumping into the diary, there is some essential background material that I need to cover to help provide some context for the diary itself. I'll cover only the items that I think are essential to your understanding the diary.

I graduated from college with a B.S. Degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1984, but even then, I knew that I didn't want to be an "Engineer". Despite my ability to work all the calculations better than most other students, I just didn't have a physical feel for engineering. Fortunately things worked out for me, and although I was hired as an engineer, I was also given a lot of duties related to the company's new computers and network. In short order I was managing all the DOS-based personal computers for our company (which put me at odds with the VAX mainframe group), learning not only computer programming, but networking and security as well.

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While that transition couldn't have worked out better for me, I still became disenchanted with being just another cog in the machinery at a large company. Even though my yearly raises were always 10% or more, an eventual $50K yearly salary just wasn't increasing fast enough for my financial ambitions.

After a few false starts, I began working for a regional computer consulting firm, where my salary quickly went from $50K to more than $100K in three years. However, unhappy with several things at that firm, I left that company, lived out a one-year "non competition agreement", and started my own computer consulting company in the Midwest of the United States in 1994.

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