honor each hour of the day!
Today, April 4th 2014, I resign from my job at Comcast Interactive Media (CIM – cimlife.com).
I leave behind many wonderful, intelligent, compassionate, intense, beautiful, … colleagues! But I take along with me loving, brilliant, and caring friends!
The decision to leave was NOT easy, but I feel it was necessary.
My wife says to me this morning:
“I love you, and I trust you”.
She says this after I just removed the warm, comforting blanket that is a stable salary. After I forfeit a significant financial amount of money that sits, yet to be vested, in a growing company’s stock. I am walking away from a good company, good pay, good benefits, good projects, good atmosphere, good colleagues, good all around. I would even highly recommend a job with Comcast, because the leadership is smart, and they “get it”. It is indeed a great place to work.
There is a proverb that says: “It takes a village to raise a child”, and my CIM village has been tremendous! I have learned a ton, grown by leaps-and-bounds, failed at scale, succeeded with my small team, received phenomenal advice, counseled with many, cried with some, and will be building with others.
My reason for leaving, I tell everyone, is to be closer to my family; and that is the truth. The truth is that, for me, my work-life balance was skewed, I was not enjoying my family as I should, and I couldn’t immerse myself in my work because of the commute.
So I am going to work from home to focus on my freelance practice with Cast and Crew (yourCastandCrew.com), and help people develop stellar – web, mobile, design, and community – projects.
I would add to that proverb: “It also takes a village to grow an adult.” As I return back to working from home, I want to connect again with my community here in Reading, PA – Lord knows that I need the support, camaraderie, accountability, and friendship. I want to help people with their projects, I want to build small and scale up, I want to help people define/refine their ideas and dreams, but ultimately I want to help people make money and grow their business!
Yes, I am nervous/excited/anxious/apprehensive/insert-intense-emotion-here, but you know what…? God is ultimately in control. My wife and I have done the work of stripping down to the bare minimum, we’ve paid down all our consumer debt, saved a little, and we are on the same page.
And so begins the epic journey…
Hat tip to John Mark McMillan for the post title from the song:
I am an imposter!
That’s when you’re pretty sure that all the other coders you work with are smarter, more talented and more skilled than you are. You live in fear that people will discover that you are really faking your smarts or skills or accomplishments.
Guilty as charged!
I just really wish we lived in a society where we didn’t define ourselves so strongly by our day jobs and where working ourselves to death wasn’t seen as a virtue.
This all comes from an article titled: “The Stress Of Being A Computer Programmer Is Literally Driving Many Of Them Crazy”
This is an important discovery/admission in my quest towards minimalism.
What is next? I am pretty sure I know what I need to do next… stay tuned.
I turned 30 on June 8th 2013. Almost immediately I felt this “thing” click internally. I’ve been struggling to put this “feeling” into words.
My best friend Obi (who also turned 30 a few months prior) and I had a long conversation about this “feeling/thing”. The conversation had phrases like “less time for bullshit” or “more focused”, “more purposeful in pursuit”, etc.
Alas, I have a explanation of what turning 30 is doing to me, and perhaps Obi as well… it is forcing me to adopt minimalism:
Minimalism is a lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives. By clearing the clutter from life’s path, we can all make room for the most important aspects of life: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution.
via The Minimalists Pitch
I only realized this after a friend directed me to The Minimalists and their definition of minimalism.
My flavor of minimalism though will be centered around my faith and my family! I will try to do a better job of documenting this journey, perhaps it will help someone else?
Did turning 30 have a similar effect on you?
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
-Robert A. Heinlein
first, what is a goal?
- the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.
- the terminal point in a race.
the problem, I am finding, with setting goals is that I expect to achieve a specific result at a specific time, forgoing, and not enjoying the process of achieving the goal.
For example, “run a marathon”… after I’ve achieved that goal, I start looking for the next thing. I wish I continued to do the things that got me in shape to run the races I did this year (read: I currently feel severely out of shape).
I vow to enjoy the process (and make it a habit) and not just seek the end goal.
#FailTip: Respond to emotion with reason or reason with emotion.