2.07.2008

Escape from cubicle nation

I started typing this extremely long missive about how I quit my day job and now do all this work for myself and it's great and blah de blah, and then I remembered that no one working a steady job wants to read about some guy who is doing what they wish they could do.

So, instead, I'd like to point you to probably the single greatest resource for learning how to do it.

Escape From Cubicle Nation


I have a number of friends who talk to me every so often and tell me that they have GOT to quit their job and do what I do, and they want to know how I do it. The problem is, to my friends, I'm just that tall goofy guy who cracks too many jokes and writes the poopy fart stories on the internet, so they can't take honest business / life advice from me seriously. So thank God for Pamela Slim's blog (and Seth Godin's too, by the way, if you're also into marketing your newfound freedom). Now I have a written resource who isn't me that I can point them to and say "here, read that, that's how I did it."

The article I've linked to is probably one of my favorites ever, because it applies to EVERYTHING - not just leaving your job and becoming a freelancer / entreprenuer. But I highly encourage anyone who's ever considered leaving the confines of the 9-5, paid twice a month world to earn the right to do what they want to do, when they want to do it, how they want to do it, with no manger, boss, or lord and master.

You WILL earn less money... At first. But think about it this way - you earn money at your job to buy things you like and go on vacations to earn some freedom.

To trade in some of that money to get a little more freedom... It's a raise. A huge one, at that, because all the money is good for is buying things to enhance your life - whereas the freedom gives you far more life to enhance.

No one says on their death bed "Man, I wish I'd spent more time in the office..."

And I promise you - if you're following your heart and doing things honestly, with passion, the money will come. That's not to say I advocate quitting your job today and hopping on the Xbox and hoping a check appears... You're going to have to work, and very, very hard. But when the work you do matters, it stops being "work" and becomes "your life's work" - and trust me, those two words make alllllllll the difference.