Why Leaving My Day Job’s One of the Best Things That’s Ever Happened to Me

Some people have the luxury of not working. Not so for me, nor do I think it ever could be.

Since the age of 15, I’ve trudged diligently, relentlessly — even haphazardly in essentially every retail/restaurant and customer-service setting conceivable. And let me tell you, these people know how to hustle. 

In light of all the hullabaloo surrounding Steve Jobs and what he gave us — hope, a new perspective — and how he redefined a generation of tech believers, creators and thinkers, part of me largely feels inadequate to continue on the subject.

So instead, I’d prefer to honor him by doing what I believe he’d want all of us to do: keep moving forward. The legacy Jobs leaves with us is not just a product, transcendent as it is, but an attitude: Embrace failure.

Unlearn everything you have learned. 

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That’s what we’re here for. Onward and upward.

Though put in rather harsh perspective, I recently celebrated two milestones in personal and career development since October knocked me over the head like a tack-hammer (seriously, my 26th was the only thing I remember about last month…) –>

1) I left my day job

2) I finished something summer didn’t afford the time for: HubSpot’s inbound marketing certification via Inbound Marketing University (essentially the quintessential grad school for geeks).

Some of you may ask why I’d leave a company on the eve of my annual review, a raise and potential for securing ultimate full-time stability with a local retail store.

And the answer is simple, however immodest: Because I know what I’m worth, and I know what I want. The fact that unapologetic is one of my favorite words notwithstanding, a recent quote shared by Olivier Blanchard’s really resonated with me in the past few weeks: Always be absolutely unapologetic about anything you love deeply. 

In love, life, and work I truly believe in that. Without passion and trust I’d be no one, nowhere. No-how.

So yes, I’ll continue to sound “like a broken record” and assert that I see, feel and believe what convention and the mainstream does not:

That if the world is mute to your aspirations, passion and conviction stemming from them, only you can take charge of your destiny.

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After all, that’s “what Steve would do.” Below is just one of Jobs’ countless quotes going around that serves as testament to the potential and power of the human spirit reflected in our communities across the world:

‎”Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do”

Thank you, Steve, for giving smart-alecks (who dare refer to you by your first name) like me continued belief that we, truly can, change the world 


Walt Mossberg >> The Steve Jobs I Knew 

Dan Holowack, TwitSprout >> 40K Tweets/Minute Celebrate Steve Jobs

The Next Web >> Honoring a Legend

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