Hard to believe almost 6 years has gone by. November 2007, I sat down in my home office, pulled out the company laptop and typed out my official letter of resignation from the corporate world.
By all accounts this was a dumb move. Some would say reckless. In hindsight, I can honestly say I don’t disagree.
What would you say to someone who was about to quit a high paying job and;
- Had a wife and newborn son at home
- Had a house, mortgage, 2 cars and bills to pay
- Had zero experience as an entrepreneur
- Had a vague idea of what he wanted to do in his own business
- Had no real income opportunities lined up
- Was naive and over confident to a fault?
You’d say this was a dumb move.
Or this is reckless.
But that’s exactly what I did.
However I should mention that this was not a hasty decision I made over night. It took me about 1 year from the time the idea was planted until the time the letter was submitted and the resignation was locked in.
I was a corporate employee for 7 years. Was very fortunate to have the job I did and I worked my way up quickly. Was very successful for someone my age. But a part of me always hated being there. A sort of trapped, imprisoned, lonely feeling.
I’m sure you would agree that many corporate employees feel like that. I certainly witnessed it among colleagues and clients.
So we had this general distaste for our career in common. What was uncommon was my reckless decision to say f*** it and leap into the unknown
For the first time in my life I was truly “putting myself out there” and going for something I believed in.
Almost all of the major decisions in my life before that were conservative. From what sports teams to try out for in high school, to which program to study in university, to my first car purchase (cheap and used), and so on.
The polar opposite of reckless.
Now almost 6 years later, I write this article as a completely transformed human being. I see things so much more clearly. I’ve experienced personal growth I simply could not have predicted
- Total self reliance
- More confidence
- More appreciation for money
- More appreciation for my family
- More discipline
- More respect for my body
All because of my 1 reckless choice. There was an inner calling that had grown from a whisper to a scream and I was prepared to sacrifice everything.
Turned out to be the best decision of my life.
I sometimes shudder at the thought of what my life would have looked like if I ignored that inner calling and listened to the more predominant, rational, conservative voice that had been dominating me up until that time.
Sometimes… you gotta be reckless.