For some reason I have been asked the same question twice in the past few days. The conversation that leads up to the question generally revolves around the midlife career change I made from newspaper owner/publisher to freelance ghostwriter. Those who know me will tell you that I put a lot of effort into the things I am passionate about. Writing seems to be the common thread that has connected all of my career moves and to me the third quarter transition I have made makes perfect sense.
So, when I was asked the same question by two different people at two different times only days apart it got me wondering. My answer was pretty clear, I do not miss it. Or at least I don’t miss it all that much these days. I actually picked up a copy of a Big City newspaper the other day to read over breakfast. I couldn’t get into it. All I saw was bad news. You know, the stuff that says little about your community other than it has problems that you can’t fix. For me, I couldn’t be bothered to read any further.
I guess that sort of confirmed it for me.
That part of my life has been over for just over three years now. I’m onto bigger and better things. My ghostwriting career is firmly in place and business is steady. I also have an elected position that brings me more than enough mental stimulation. I am not lacking for something to keep my mind active and productive. The newspaper business did all of those things as well but also including a few other things I no longer need in my life. The stresses that came with trying to keep up with technology and industry changes were difficult.
However, they also helped me to understand that in order to move on and capitalize on the technology and changes to the industry, I had to jump in with both feet. The newspaper was unable to do that but I could without it. Now that I am so far into my new life, the old one that was attached to the newspaper has either gone or has been replaced by the one working on new things that technology has made possible. It is for these reasons that I do not miss the newspaper business anymore and look forward to what ghostwriting will bring.
It means I have moved on.
Thinking of A Midlife Career Change?
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My name is George Elliott. I have been in the Media Industry since 1978. I spent 23 years in Broadcasting and worked in a total of six different radio stations located in southern British Columbia Canada during my career. In 2000 I switched gears and moved into the Print Media Industry at a small town, local weekly newspaper. In 2004 I bought the paper and operated it with my wife, Brenda until July 2016 when we closed it. I launched a freelance web content and article writing business from my home in January 2014.