Yes, I did follow through, although it was more like three hours instead of one hour because my boss was on a really long phone call. It went about as well as could be expected. My boss and coworkers were supportive, even though some of them didn’t really seem to get it.
In case you were hungry for a little more background on why I decided to quit, this post is for you. It seemed like I had the perfect setup, right? Working half time, nice hours, not a lot of pressure, fun and interesting problems to solve, mad amounts of cash? Sounds like a dream job, right? Well, it was my dream job, in fact, for about 6 years. Then I pulled my own rug out from under myself — I changed, and the job stayed the same.
The trigger that caused me to finally up and do it was this post by my friend Marty. Marty is a very talented artist who just quit his job to focus on his art 100%. He considered doing a half time thing as well, but he decided not to, because of the awesomeness that would come from putting his whole heart into it. So I said to myself, “All these things that Marty is saying, you know they apply to you too, right?” and eventually I admitted that yes, they do. So we did a bunch of crazy budgeting and math and business planning and visualization and took the leap. Usual Error Project all the way, baby!
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back — Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” –Goethe