Pete Tseronis says he is a great example of how to learn from working with the federal government, and then jump into the private sector.
Tseronis held several positions, including with the Department of Energy as chief technology officer.
After 25 years of job security, he says he read The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster: Surviving the Scariest and Most Thrilling by Darren Hardy.
He says he learned, “be prepared for the grind and if the passion that you have is true… that passion which may be five per cent of what you have you to tie to the grind of just generating business it will trump that grind.”
Tseronis found that working in the federal government left him stuck. Though it offered a paycheck and great benefits, his work did not always challenge him and he wasn’t moving up the ladder fast enough. He founded Dots and Bridges — aptly named for someone who spent a career connecting dots and building bridges — a consulting practice focusing on strategic planning in technology development.
“There’s that view of government as well once you’re in the system you’re in the system you shouldn’t complain because its an easy work life. Well, I don’t buy into that. I think that you can accept that and I think you could also take advantage of the opportunity that that platform, the federal government, affords and that is go in, get in, earn your stripes and use it,” he told What’s Working in Washington.