I Quit My Job Because I Want to Be Happy

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I quit my job so I can enjoy more days like this.

As I write this, my wife is just hours away from giving birth to our second child. This time it’s a boy, and we’re naming him Thomas, after me.

I’m incredibly excited and more than a little bit scared about becoming a dad again, but I love the little guy already. I can’t imagine all the incredible experiences we’ll share together over the next several decades. Like I said, I love him already, and for good reason: he inspired me to quit my six-figure job and go back into business for myself.

You see, after my business partner and I sold our startup in a multimillion dollar exit in 2012, I signed a two year employment agreement with the acquiring company. Without ever planning on it, I wound up with a job. I hadn’t had an actual “job” in over ten years, well before I left college in 2004, three credits short of earning my degree (more on that later). All of a sudden, I went from master of my own destiny to having to answer to multiple bosses.

Bosses!

Let’s just say the corporate world is not for me. The rigid, structured environment, the quarterly reviews, the constant meetings, status reports, more meetings, the lack of real control, even more meetings…you get the idea. And all this corporate baggage resulted from my company being acquired by another startup, not some stuffy old Fortune 500 firm. I probably would have quit a lot sooner had that been the case.

Still, I don’t regret the decision to sell out and take the job one bit, for two big reasons:

  1. I learned a great deal from the smart, talented people I wound up working with, and
  2. I gained a level of financial security that now allows me to pursue my true dreams.

That’s what my life is all about again: pursuing my dreams, and making a killing doing it. That’s the only way I can be happy. It just took a couple of years with a job for me to come to this simple realization.

I’ve got to go now. My wife’s contractions are getting closer together. Very soon, I’ll be welcoming my son into the world. I’m about to embark upon some amazing new journeys in my life.

I hope you’ll join me.

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