From the desk of: Cathy Coloff

Some days as I head out, my son will shout, “Hope you’re not too bored at work!” I always answer, “Don’t worry, I won’t be; I love my job.” And it’s true. I am truly blessed to love what I do—including all the things that go on behind the scenes at IT Radix. Some days I am amazed that I am a business owner, and then I realize that I have been in training for it for quite some time. In the book Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell, the author determines that a magical 10,000 hours of dedicated practice helped many of the best musicians, athletes, and business people get to the levels that they achieved. Often, it was unintentional or a labor of love. In short, they were passionate about whatever endeavor they were undertaking—whether it was playing hockey, music or programming (think Bill Gates).

Just as The Beatles practiced together for many hours before they hit it big, I personally had the opportunity to be the in-house IT person at a large corporation (Exxon) for the first part of my career. I had the opportunity to enjoy many hours of technical work. Thus, I’ve been able to combine my technical background with learning how to run a business in the second part of my career. By continuing to learn technology and business concepts such as sales, marketing, financial, planning, management and more, I’ve been able to create a world that I’m passionate about—where we help our clients, employees and partners succeed. While we may not be as widely known as Microsoft and Bill Gates, I believe IT Radix and our team of professionals, who are constantly honing their skills and upping their game, are a great resource to our clients and the community at large. As a result, we are proud “Outliers” as defined by Malcolm Gladwell. I challenge you to look at your life and identify the “Outlier” in you!

First published in our November 2017 IT Radix Resource newsletter