About Being a Quitter

Seth Godin posted this story on his blog about quitting, and it’s pretty much the story of my life to this point.

After many, many years of the corporate world, I’ve quit to follow my passion. And you know what – I don’t miss it one bit. I know that I’m doing the right thing, there is no question in my mind.

The initial panic of making the big decision has started to wear off now. I’m not waking up at 3 in the morning thinking “What have I done? Am I crazy?”. Instead I’m excited about all the new possibilities that our business is going to offer. I can’t wait to get working on drumming up new clients (we have two already and we’re not even open yet!).

Even more than that I’m thrilled that my partner and I are calling the shots now. I’m proud to be a quitter, and even more proud to say I’m an entrepreneur.

Do you need to quit something to follow your passion? Or do you just need to make room in your life to follow it. Either way, there is a sacrifice to be made.

What do you need to quit?

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3 Responses

  1. Interesting, I just did the same thing this week. Thursday I resigned from the company I’ve been with for 9 years and am going off on my own as an independent consultant in the Information Technology industry.

    Like you, after the initial panic has worn down, I am sure this is the right decision. So, yes, I’m also a quitter! Here was my post about it that day.

    By the way, saw a link to this post from Chris Brogan’s Twitter postings.

    -Rick

  2. I need financial security because I’m the lone breadwinner for a family of 4. But that didn’t prevent me from finding a great outlet outside of the corporate machine! šŸ™‚ It took me 4 years to get out but now that I’m out, working for a small company, it feels great! Thanks for sharing your story!

  3. Congrats on quitting! I made this choice years ago, I left a very successful career as a creative director to start my own company and I have to say it was the best decision ever. It’s not as “safe” as the 9 to 5 at first, but the opportunities and abundance that followed really blew my mind. And continue to do so. You made the right choice!

    Frank

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