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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

10 years working for myself

This month marks 10 years since I started my information security consulting business Principle Logic. I cannot express to you how grateful I am to be so blessed.

Like many businesses, things weren't all rosy from the get-go. My wife, Amy, and I worked very hard to build up the business through networking, fostering relationships and little bit of marketing sprinkled in here and there. We did that over and over again because we believed in the formula and in ourselves.

Don't get me wrong, the first 2 years were rough...I mean rough. Had it not been for some previous client relationships I had established in previous jobs we would've been hard-pressed to keep moving forward.

But through thick and thicker we pushed on. I wanted to...I had to. Seeing poor management and politics run yet another business into the ground at my final "real job" with an Internet dot-com pushed me over the edge. I knew if I used the fire I had in me in July 2001 to my advantage I could make it work. That fire is what encouraged me to make the leap and, combined with some sticktuitiveness, is what keeps me going to this day. I'm certainly not the sharpest knife in the drawer when it comes to IT and information security. Never have been and never will be. But I've realized that I don't have to be and I'm okay with that.

I want to thank all of you - my clients, my readers, my blog followers - for believing in me, Kevin Beaver, the no-name brand consultant from Atlanta G-A. Had it not been for your willingness to step outside the box and trust that the value one brings to the table is deeper than a name brand I'm confident that I wouldn't have reached this milestone in my career. A sincere thank you to you all.

Finally, I'd like to thank my family for being here for me. Your deep support is immeasurable. I'm very lucky and blessed to have you.

Here's to another 10 years working in an awesome field in the most amazing country in the world...Cheers!

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