I Did Something Very Stupid.

Well, you can say what you want about me, but you can’t say I always do the smartest things.  You want proof?  I quit my job.  Yep, in the face of growing unemployment rates and an ugly economy, I turned in my notice.  It’s a great job, too, and the company is great, and the people I work with are great.  I had benefits… the whole ball of wax.  So, why did I quit?

Because as great as it was, it was preventing me from doing what I really love to do, write.  I know, right? That even makes it worse.  I left a well-paying corporate gig to pursue a passion that traditionally pays… almost nothing.  Sure I have books on the market, but I’ve posted my royalties and total books sales on this blog before, and frankly, I couldn’t afford a nice vacation with that money.  No sensible person would ever quit and try to live off that kind of money.  I’m not even sure if I can legally call it money it’s such a small number.

And that, my friends, is the beauty and curse of having a passion. It can lead you to do both brave and stupid things, often at the same time, in one incredibly enigmatic move.  Writing has led me down this path before, but I was younger and didn’t feel the pressure of succeeding (I’ll explain more in future posts).  I think I knew I would have options if I crashed and burned. Now I’m older and realize that failure is not an option.  I’ve got to find a way to make this work because career options are dwindling for an old fart like me.

I am employed until the end of March.  After that, I will be on this blog more frequently, documenting my journey. If you’ve ever felt like leaving your corporate gig to pursue a dream, feel free to live vicariously through me.  I plan to once and for all answer the question “Can a guy in his mid 40s leave the corporate world behind and make it as a full-time author?” 

BTW – How do I go about nominating my wife for sainthood?

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7 thoughts on “I Did Something Very Stupid.

  1. Stupid? Probably. The right thing to do? Definitely.

    I went through the same thing, but my passion was to see my girls every day. Yeah, it sucks not being responsible for my own income and feeling like my money is not “my” money, but it’s so worth it. You live but one life so do what is important to you. You can always go back out and get a job – even in this economy – at least that’s what I tell myself.

    Congratulations! I look forward to more from R. W.

  2. Congratulations, man! I can’t imagine what a hard decision that had to be. I’d wish you good luck but you don’t need it – keep writing.

  3. Congrats!

    Yup, my DH & I did it! I did it first…. quit my great paying job with nice car, benefits etc, even the house that I had back then and upped sticks and moved 3000 miles … then a while later, my husband did it too so we could work together. That was um, 6 years ago? We have ups and downs, and I went from 6 weeks paid vacation to none. Last 12 months have been scary in this economy but we keep on!

    Good luck! I’m sure you’ll be fine, the luck’s for the days when you wonder why?!

  4. Danielle, I needed that. Thank you!

  5. Very welcome. The financial stuff aside, one of the most important things I have learned is about routine: you’ll probably work even harder than ever, so remember to give yourself an official “home time” to finish work each day, and to have family time.
    Losing the drive home, even if it’s only 10 mins, you lose that important “Work to Home” transition where you switch into home life. I can bit a bit grumpy if I don’t take 5 mins to stretch my legs and get some air before going from the office to the rest of the house and joining the family.

    Oh, and remember to get out too!! It’s far too easy to become a hermit because there will always be more you can do!

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