The Day I Decided to Quit My Job [Flashback]

From time to time I’m going to be re-posting some of my favorite posts from the old SportsLizard Entrepreneur Blog that preceded Adam-McFarland.net.  I was fresh out of academia and in the process of leaving corporate America.  This was the true start-up phase for myself, my sites, and later Pure Adapt.  Nothing I write now will quite capture the excitement, doubt, frustration, and passion that is such a part of entrepreneurship in the same way as those 296 posts do.

This particular post was originally written on 12/10/2005, the day after I decided to quit my job. I mention in the post about how my flight was delayed 13 hours on Friday.  I intended to go home and work on SportsLizard all weekend long.  Instead I was too worn out to do anything.  What I didn’t mention was that while I was stuck in that airport in Jackson, Mississippi I had one white 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper that I used to plot my escape from corporate America.  It started as an exercise – I was so pissed that I figured it would be therapeutic to brainstorm what it would take to hypothetically quit my job.  It ended with me realizing that I totally could quit, should quit, and would quit.  I did all of this while siting next to one of my co-workers.  I was listening to my iPod and didn’t really care if he noticed or not.  He didn’t.

It’s hard enough trying to run my business while working a full time job. Coming home at 5:30 after a stressful 9 hour day doesn’t exactly put me in the perfect working mindset. That’s tough, but I am beginning to discover that it’s nothing compared to when I have to travel.

My job doesn’t require a ton of travel, but like most corporate jobs these days I am working with people across the world and sometimes I have to work with them in person. In my first year of working out of college I have traveled about 10 times. Not a ton, but not insignificant either.

There are some good things about traveling – mainly that I get out of the office and that I can read whatever I want when I am on the plane. For whatever reason, I tend to come up with some of my best ideas when I am flying. Nonetheless, the bad things about business travel far outweighs the good.

When I travel, I generally spend all day working or eating with people from work, leaving no time at all to work on SportsLizard.com. When I do finally get back to my hotel, I am worn out. All that I have time for is checking my email. Nothing gets done except the bare minimum. And the trip totally messes up my week. The night before I leave I spend packing and the day after I am still getting adjusted to being back. Business travel completely kills my productivity.

This week took it to another level. I was supposed to return on Friday by noon and have the rest of the day off. Thanks to delays and cancellations, I didn’t get home until 1 AM! Talk about wasted time. Today I hardly got anything done because I was catching up on sleep. It drives me nuts.

Working 45 hours and running a business on the side is one thing. Traveling across the country and trying to run a business on the side is another.

5 comments on The Day I Decided to Quit My Job [Flashback]

  1. Adam Gilbert says:

    Adam,

    It’s fun reading these ‘throwback’ posts. I’m not sure if I ever wrote a post about why I love flying or not – but I, too, come up with my best ideas on a plane. For me, I think it’s about the potential. About how amazing this world is, the fact that I’m 30,000 feet in the air, sipping on water while reading…and thinking and dreaming…

    • Adam McFarland says:

      Well said my friend. Flying is such a unique environment that it just turns my brain loose and the ideas just start flowing. I actually haven’t flown much since I left my job…hopefully this year I’ll take a few fun trips.

  2. Dale says:

    Adam, love these posts… I like to think of my current posts on the Corporatepreneur blog as future “throwback” posts for when I’m out. 🙂

    What I’d love to see is how you got from idea to cashflow on Pure Adapt or SportsLizard. That’s the part that a lot of us who grew up looking for jobs are lacking.

    • Adam McFarland says:

      Dale – great idea. I’ll definitely add it to my list of posts. I think it’s a really interesting topic.

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