I just wanted to add something here....because I may be coming across as something of an arrogant twonker (?)
Yes - I am passionate about what I do, and I will absolutely go full tilt at this - for the next 5 years.
I see the current time in training as a fantastic opportunity here for the "little(r) people" to carve out a hugely rewarding career in Instructional Design.
It used to be that only the larger "training companies", with large budgets, and large staff numbers, and large design departments could sensibly for compete in this space. Now they seem to be continuing, with the largest projects because only those largest projects can support their large infrastructure. There is a place for that, I acknowledge, however, smaller is more nimble, so long as you can deliver, and now is certainly a time in our World economy to be nimble.
Now - with tools like Storyline - and pulling on your trusted colleagues, there's a place 1 or 2-person bands to compete. That's where I want to be - I want to be at the hub of a community of course builders. People who freelance, people who have ID as an income-generating interest.
We keep costs low(er), we produce excellence, and we bring back some of the passion and customer service that used to be in the sole preserve of the corporate big-boys.
I just had lunch with an (Articulate Presenter) client, (annual net revenue well over $10m). I explained this vision to him, and he loved it. I just got one course from them + another 10 or so to come when they are written, and they are happy to move over to Storyline because we are going to go "video and branching" heavy.
That's my passion, it's actually not about the income, (though of course, that helps!). I will commit every waking minute I have to making this a reality, for the next 5 years, creating a "virtual instructional design co-operative", with me calling on other trusted colleagues with appropriate skills who share my belief (dream?). I will certainly then throttle-back a bit - but I think it needs that sort of time and committment to make a vision a reality.
A huge powerhouse of ID excellence, using Articulate Storyline, without the "shackles" that come with everyone being a member of a swollen corporation
Just my 2p worth - hope it makes sense.