Another one of my frequent blog readers and commenters, J. Timothy King, informed his friends, family and cyberspace in general that he gave notice at his job and will be formally self-employed by Thanksgiving. After talking about parallels with recent episodes of Roswell that he was watching, he said:
"Wednesday morning, as my wife was faxing a contract I had signed as a consultant, I asked my manager to chat in the conference room. I told him that I had wanted for some time to start my own business. He knew this, though he may have forgotten or may not have realized how serious I was. I said, “I’m going into consulting, so as of November 22, I resign.”
We left the way open for me to do further work for him, under contract. But for now, I’m really on my way out. The paperwork has officially been set in motion. I am officially now self-employed. Or at least I will be giving thanks for that, come Thanksgiving, whether I want to or not. The consulting job will have me working with an old friend, a developer I met many years ago, while we were still in college. Aside from working with some good developers— I know they’re good: I’ve seen their code. This project will also allow me some flexibility to build my business, to refine the idea and prove the technology. Most importantly, it will force me to treat the job like a business. It will force me to be truly and solely self-employed.
And that’s the scary part. Fear is what actually held back Liz and Max in Roswell. That’s the only thing that could hold me back. What if I can’t find enough consulting clients to provide for my family? What if I don’t have the energy to do consulting and build my business? What if my business idea falls flat?"
The kind of fears that Tim faces as he takes his first steps on his own are unavoidable. But with planning, connecting with others, optimism, tenacity and a bit of blind faith thrown in, I know Tim will make it through. I love his parting quote, also borrowed from the diary of one of the characters from the Roswell episode:
"The episode then ends with this passage from Liz’s diary:
‘The tough thing about following your heart is what people forget to mention, that sometimes your heart takes you to places you shouldn’t be, places that are as scary as they are exciting and as dangerous as they are alluring, and sometimes your heart takes you to places that can never lead to a happy ending… And that’s not even the difficult part. The difficult part is when you follow your heart, you leave normal, you go into the unknown… And once you do, you can never go back.’
Something deep inside my gut tells me I will never work in a cube farm again.
I am very proud of you for making the leap Tim … as I am sure are many others who frequent this blog. We can’t wait to hear what comes of your new business!