For the first forty or so years of his life Jeff Munn was a classic overachiever. He got straight A’s, went to great schools, and the first college graduate and the first lawyer in his family. After graduation, Jeff worked at a firm that was the best in the country at what he did.
Over the next twenty years Jeff’s career evolved from law, to consulting, to managing large client relationships, to lobbying, to creating national marketing campaigns. He loved that he got to do work that felt important to him. Then in August of 2016, everything changed for Jeff. As a result of a corporate restructuring, Jeff and his boss were both let go on the same day. He suddenly went from a successful role at a leading financial services firm to not having a job. His first reaction was panic. He tried, without success, to find another position in the same company. When it became clear that was not going to happen, Jeff took a step back, and decided that he didn’t want to be an employee again.
In this episode Jeff:
- Tell us that deciding he wanted to be self employed was the easy part. Deciding what he was going to do was harder.
- Explains the process he used to find his fit in the market
- Shares how he got his first client
- Talks about the role meditation played in his understanding that he had more control than he realized
- Explains why he and his wife moved from the east coast to live in the mountains of Colorado
- Exposes the dangers in becoming obsessed with goals other people set for you
- And talks about how he uses his experiences to advise and mentor senior executives.
This interview is an upfront look at the journey Jeff has been on transitioning from corporate life to self employment. It’s still a work in process. Enjoy.
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