Where have you been?

For those of you who follow this blog, that is the question that you've likely been wanting to ask me. Yes, it has been a while since I've posted (admittedly, too long). Well, the truth is, I have been writing and posting, just not here.

As some of you may know, for the last two and a half years I've been writing for a manufacturing-focused blog that I started with Steve Staub, the president of Staub Manufacturing Solutions (where I work). To our surprise, what started out as a novelty blog has grown into a influential platform. has become a leading industry voice, offering solutions for manufacturing's most pressing issues, namely it's poor image and empty workforce pipeline.

We are currently in the midst of some exciting and positive changes to that platform that will allow us to have a greater impact in bringing about some much needed changes. Long story short, that's where I've been spending much of my time.

One neat thing that I've discovered while working on that blog recently, is an intersection point of my career and my passion. As I've explained on this blog before, what I enjoy doing is helping others get the most out of life - what I call Full Living - and one area that keeps many individuals from this type of living is making poor career choices.

You know what I'm talking about. Someone chooses a career just for the money and years later, they'd give anything to do it all over again and pursue their calling and passion. Or maybe they chose a career because it was what others "expected" of them. Well, "others" are not the ones who have to go to work everyday and face the feeling that their time would be much better spent doing something else.

In the past month, I've written some posts about career choices, specifically in relationship to the manufacturing industry. They've gotten some good response. Manufacturing may not be your thing but you're welcome to check them out anyway. Some of the principles I share apply to any industry.

Here are those posts:

I'm writing another another great post this week on Work Ethic. I think you might like that one too! So, be sure to follow me on Twitter (@garyjweldon) and subscribe to this blog to keep up with my latest writings. You may even want to follow @MADEinDAYTON to see what we're doing over there.

Speaking of career choices, what advice would you give to a young person making a career choice today?