It wasn’t an easy decision. I have two precious daughters that depend on me to provide for them. The decision was painful. SERIOUSLY!
I remember my gut hurting and my mind aching. There were so many things to consider and so many things to fear.
What’s that stat about new businesses? 9 out of 10 fail or something along those lines.
I crunched the numbers and figured out the amount of revenue I needed to survive. To eat.
Step by step I eliminated as much waste as I could to get my expenses as low as possible. Little did I know I was well on my way to adopting minimalism as a way of life.
Then it became pretty obvious that I may chicken out and not quit. I had a decent job. Why would anyone leave that certainty and consistent pay? Maybe I was crazy after all. Maybe the rumors were true.
I hate to look bad and not follow through on my commitments. So, on this very website I had a graphic with a timer that was counting down to March 1, 2009.
tick, tick, tick…
Then I took it a step further. I emailed everyone I knew and told them about my decision to quit the job I have had for almost 20 years.
tick, tick, tick …
Some people were calling my bluff. Calling it BS.
Their doubt gave me even more motivation. I know, I know… I’m a strange bird. The truth is that I would have likely chickened out if not for that motivation. That is why I put up the countdown after all.
It is now March 2011.
Oops. I did it! 🙂