The last 9 years of my career has been a fun time filled with rainbows and daisies. I managed an Executive Coaching practice within a company that had some of the smartest, funnest people that I’ve ever met. I’ve had the pleasure of leading significant projects for top universities and Fortune 100 companies, and I did it with some of the best team members that I could ever ask for. In fact, the other day I received an email from one of my favorite direct reports that said, “…all my future ‘bosses’ have big shoes to fill because you were the greatest!” That message made a single tear slowly fall from my left eye, just like in the movies.
But then I resigned…
Elon Musk is famous for saying, “being an entrepreneur is like eating glass and staring into the abyss of death.” With such a morbid image of the future, why would anyone in their right mind want to pursue this life?!
Well, my momma always told me that I’m a little peculiar!
I’ve got mega-ambitious goals for the future and I am “crazy” enough to know that with dedication, passion, and an insane work ethic, they’re going to be successful. One of my companies, Peculiar Enterprises, has the mission of positively changing the world through peculiar people, and this goal requires a more significant time commitment than the daily 12am to 2am schedule that I’ve had over the past few years. Basically, I believe that If something is important enough to you, then you’ve a responsibility to do it even if the risk of failure is high!
So even as today is my last day as a full-time employee in a comfortable position at a cool company, I am looking forward to chewing glass and staring into the abyss of death. Regardless of how much the glass hurts and how the abyss looks, I know that the other end is going to be an even bigger land filled with brighter rainbows and bigger daisies.
Best of all, this journey will be captured in realtime on Geremology.com!