Posts Tagged ‘full-time’

Cannonball!!!

February 18th, 2010
 
 
 
 

Changing how I think about things

Well… I did it. I jumped. Yesterday was my last day as a part-time entrepreneur. I have begun the corporate detoxification diet.

It felt a little surreal as I turned in my previous employer’s equipment and said goodbye to co-workers. For the last week I have been having “This the last time I will…” moments and just taking it all in. I’ve learned a lot (in a character building way) and met many wonderful, smart people (thanks everyone!) but it is time to live the dream and get to work. I’ll be taking an intentional pause from the blog to pack up our house and relocate to a more cost-effective situation. =) In the meantime, I would like you consider something…

I’ve been thinking a lot about my life’s mission, what I am meant to do. Just to clarify, I don’t believe in pre-destination (that we are supposed to do something and have no choice in the matter). However, I do believe each of us has a unique set of talents and personality that, if we choose to use, will make a difference in the world and bring you greater happiness/fulfillment.

I would encourage you to look around and see if you are happy or energized (not successful) by what you do or the people you’re with. If you’re not, then I would urge you to find out what your life’s mission is. I’m still discovering mine fully but every time in my life that I’ve taken a step in that direction life gets more exciting. What is your next step?

 

Auditions

December 21st, 2009

 

I was reading through Paul Graham’s “18 Mistakes that Kill Start-ups” essay and found in note #13 an interesting idea and a possible answer to my previous post‘s quandry.

“[13] So how do you know whether you’re in the category of people who should quit their day job, or the presumably larger one who shouldn’t? I got to the point of saying that this was hard to judge for yourself and that you should seek outside advice, before realizing that that’s what we do. We think of ourselves as investors, but viewed from the other direction Y Combinator is a service for advising people whether or not to quit their day job. We could be mistaken, and no doubt often are, but we do at least bet money on our conclusions.”

For those that aren’t familiar with Y Combinator, it is a group that invests early in start-ups and puts them through a kind of boot camp to get them up to speed. Angel and early stage investors can offer an kind of audition of sorts for those of us trying to decide whether to do it full time or not.

 So write up a business plan and submit it to your nearest business plan competition-see if it goes anywhere. If it doesn’t get selected to win it all it doesn’t mean it is a bad idea and you won’t be successful but it can provide you with opposing pespectives that test your level of determination. Maybe even put a chip on your shoulder to prove some folks wrong.

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