I Made the Leap!

It is official; I put in my two week notice at work on Monday morning. I’m officially a full time entrepreneur!

And…panic!

Actually, I’ve been panicking for the better part of a week, pretty much since I decided this was actually going to happen. I had gone back and forth on the idea for the last couple of months, but kept deciding to stick it out a little bit longer for various reasons and reassurances. I wanted something concrete to grab onto when I made the leap. I’m not sure if the handhold finally manufactured itself with my best ever earnings this month or if something just clicked and I gained the confidence that I needed.

I’m confident in myself beyond all comprehension, but that hasn’t stopped the constant coming and going of butterflies I’ve had for the past week. It is a little better now that I’ve turned in my letter and can’t turn back. But over the past week I tried everything I could to reassure myself that I was making the right decision. I read every piece of risk taking literature I could. I used mind mapping techniques and decision matrices. Nothing really helped to calm me down, I just had to muster through it, knowing that I was making the right decision for myself.

Ultimately, this is just a trading of lifestyle priorities. I knew this would happen eventually (or, at least, hoped with all my might), but the scale finally tipped too far to the other direction to stay where I was at.

So where do I go from here? I have a lump of savings to help with my expenses for the next several months while I get some extra income rolling. I also plan to supplement with freelance jobs (primarily SEO content writing). I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I tell you that I’m the most resourceful person I’ve ever met—if I’m not, then it’s a close race.

In September, my online income passed $100 for the first time. I know it isn’t a lot of money, but I think it’s pretty cool that I created a recurring source of income out of nothing. Since I did this with an inconsistent, burnt out effort during nights and weekends, I know that I can quickly scale to produce a much more sizable number each month with a steady and more forceful effort (and especially because I now have a base to build off of).

I’ve heard a lot of criticisms about my decision, both requested and freely offered. I suppose if you’re not me then my decision may sound reckless, crazy, and rash. However, I don’t think that there is such a thing as failure in my position when you consider the variables.

  • I have to make it work. There is no plan B.
  • I was already losing; I was locked into the wrong career path. Changing that can’t make the situation worse.
  • While I’m temporarily worse off financially, I’ve gained in numerous other areas of life.
  • My plan is flexible. I can now change directions in an instant if I see a better opportunity.

I’m so excited to finally get a chance to do something that I’m really excited about with as much effort as I can give. I’ve never pushed myself to my limits doing something that I wanted to do before (except, perhaps, cross country in high school), although I’ve flirted with my limits several times doing things I didn’t want to do (college). I can’t wait to find out what I’m actually capable of.

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4 comments

  1. Congrats Brad! I know that EXACT feeling 🙂 Certainly not everyone will understand, but the most important thing is that you did what you felt was best for your career and your happiness. The “risk” is much less than most people think it is. Good luck and keep me posted on how things go!

    Adam

    PS – the $100/mo is an important milestone. It’s your proof of concept. That first dollar is always the hardest

  2. Brad, congratulations! This is something that’ll be a great experience for you no matter what happens. I’ve been pondering this exact thought too, and wondering why I didn’t do it earlier. Keep us updated!

  3. Thanks for the comments guys! I plan on updating the blog on at least a weekly basis, to keep myself in check and to have a fun record to look back on in the future.

    @Adam, I like that…”Proof of Concept” I think I’m going to drop that on the naysayers 🙂

  4. Proof of concept… that’s gotta be from Adam’s corporate days. I know I hear it all the time.