Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Risk Vs Reward In Every Day Life
We’ve all heard or used the cliche, often as a critique. In truth, quitting your day job requires faith, confidence and courage or carelessness, stupidity and a safety net, depending of how much talent and/or drive you have.

I have quit my day job more times than I can remember. I’ve had so many jobs over the last 44 years that it is difficult to recall all of them, but given that fact that I define myself first and foremost as an artist, it’s not surprising that I get bored with even the most motivating and inspirational “day job”.

I can honestly say that I’ve never regretted a decision to quit a job, and can’t remember ever having a long period of financial burden due to making the choice. I’m fairly certain walking away from a career that paid more than two hundred thousand dollars annually, put me in very small company. At the time the only other supplemental income I had was from playing two gigs with a band on the weekends which totaled about two hundred and fifty dollars a week.

I can say that walking away from a situation that fills my life with stress and/or unhappiness is not only easy for me, it’s one of the best feelings I have ever had. The risk is clear. When you are in someone’s employ you are basically dependent on them for your way of life, your health care, and other insurance and benefits you rely upon. However, the reward can be great, as long as you have marketable skills and enough faith in your ability to produce income.

The world we live in provides many possibilities to create passive income as well as active self employment, but virtually all of them include enough uncertainty that will keep most people from ever doing it. I’m about to do it again.

After giving up my freelance life to take on an opportunity as to be a marketing director for a niche online retailer that had and has great potential for significant growth, I’m about to walk away after roughly two years of unsatisfactory results. In spite of my efforts and good results from the marketing department that I oversee, the company has flat-lined it’s production. There are many reasons for that stagnation but the only thing that really matters to me is that my current belief is that growth I foresaw is not going to happen soon enough for me and therefore the burden of the responsibility of the position is not worth it.

I’ll be reporting on my successes, struggles and failures for anyone who may be considering taking the plunge.

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