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Those who know me also know these essays are more of a journal than a sermon. They’re more conviction than proselytization. I believe things like happiness and success can be learned but not necessarily taught. Nearly 100% of the time (nterrobang) is a conversation with myself, a pep talk, me coaching me. And sometimes it’s just a way to organize my own thoughts. If it happens to be a catalyst for someone else, well then I’m happy with that too.
The study of business and success have been long time hobbies of mine but there’s a fundamental problem with many of these books, programs and pithy axioms. It’s all hindsight. It’s easy to write a book about the genius of Steve Jobs after the fact or about Starbuck’s rise to caffeine world domination years later. But could these experts (sic) have predicted it?
Another problem most of these prescriptions for riches have; the antagonist has ‘no skin in the game.’ It’s convenient to encourage others to follow their passion and take big chances when they themselves will never have to live with the consequences.
Today I put skin in the game. Today I resigned from the company I’ve worked at and helped to build for more than 23 years. I believe I’m leaving on good terms and I am excited for the future of these teams and under different circumstances I might have liked to be a continued part of their growth and transformation.
Instead, I am taking a year (or more) off to write, to travel, to support others, to continue my commitment to personal growth, to strengthening cherished relationships and to create a new career for myself in the process. I’m walking away from the best job in the world to design an even better one.
They say the only difference between fear and excitement is whether or not you’re breathing.
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