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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

I Quit My Job Today!!!!!

I haven't been posting as much as I like to lately, but it comes with good reason - I have been busy planning my future as a full time entrepreneur because I QUIT MY JOB TODAY! Anyone who has ever read this blog or talked to me knows that my passion lies in SportsLizard.com, not in being an engineer.

I have always preached that you should do what you love in life, that doing what you love will make you happier than any amount of money. Well, as of today, I am officially practicing what I preach. I am leaving a well paying job at a large, stable company (where I was recently promoted after working for them for all of 8 months out of college) to run my business, which, I am not ashamed to say, has just begun to make me money (I saw a lot of red numbers in the first two years).

I left the security, the benefits, and my beautiful apartment to move back into a bedroom in my parents house in NY. Despite all of that, I couldn't be happier - I am pursuing something that I love. I can honestly say that each and every day I will wake up and love what I do. How many people get to live life with that kind of passion and enthusiasm? As far as I am concerned, no dollar amount can be placed on that. There's no doubt that the next year or two will be tough financially, but the beauty of my decision is that when I succeed I will likely be making more money than I am as an engineer AND waking up to a life that I love every day!

As sure as I am that I made the right choice, it didn't make leaving any easier. I spent a year doing a co-op at this company in college before coming full time after I graduated, so most of the people I have known for three plus years. They have all been an integral part in my growth and I will continue to turn to many of them for personal and professional support long after I leave. My leaving came as a shock to them. It was hard to avoid feeling like I am letting them down. The only comparable emotion that I have ever had is breaking up with a girl...except this felt like breaking up with ten girls in a row. Everyone was sad to see me go, but also very supportive of my decision, which made it a little easier.

Needless to say I am pretty spent emotionally. I am excited for what the future will bring. I will certainly be more involved on this blog and in the blogging community in general. I plan on making 2006 the year that SportsLizard.com becomes known by each and every sports collector on the internet. It will take seventy and eighty hour work weeks and many sacrifices to succeed, but I anticipate 2006 being the most fun that I have ever had. Regardless of where I am at a year from now, it's going to be one interesting year and one hell of a ride.

Thank you to all of my friends, family, co-workers, customers, and fellow entrepreneurs. In your own way, each one of you has inspired me to pursue my dream.

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