This was a post I originally wrote for Escape The City earlier this year. It was one of their most popular and seemed to resonate, so I thought I’d repost it, with some slight revisions. You can find the original post here.
Full Disclosure: I eventually did quit my job shortly after returning from my 7-month sabbatical. However, the sabbatical gave me the time and space to explore personal projects while still keeping the door open with my employer. If you think you want to leave your job, but you’re not sure exactly what you want to do instead, I suggest you negotiate a temporary escape.
Most of the stories we hear from escapees begin with “So I quit my job and…” We tend to associate an escape with the dramatic quitting of a job.
If you have Office Space-like fantasies about kicking down your cubicle walls, smashing your printer with a baseball bat, and nonchalantly declaring to your manager you’re no longer coming into the office, then you probably should quit. But PLEASE have a coworker film it.
But is this the only way?
Happy Friday! I’d like to share a few quick odds & ends before the week’s end.
Do you live in San Francisco or the Bay Area?
Over the next few weeks I’ll be in the Bay Area, spending time with family and friends, and exploring the city. In a way, I’m “dating” San Francisco — I’ve been nomadic for almost a year and half and I’m itching to have a place to call home. SF is high on my list.
If you’re in the area and would like to meet up, shoot me an email.
One of my goals for 2013 is to read 50 books. I’m currently on book #32 (The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life) & #33 (Cloud Atlas), so I’m a little behind pace given we’re already in October. Whether or not I hasten the pace and hit my target, this is still the most books I’ve read in a single year — so I can’t beat myself up too much.
Instead of going into a deep dive of every book (my original intent), I’d like to share a quickly consumable list of my favorites to date. If you enjoy reading the genres I do, hopefully this list will give you some ideas for your next book.
“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.”
Last week I had the privilege of attending the 99U Pop Up School in New York City.
Attending this event accomplished exactly what I imagined it would: the speakers inspired me, the topics reinvigorated me in my pursuits, and the fellow attendees reminded me how important it is stay connected with a tribe of like minds.
‘Cause when you’re done with this world,
You know the next is up to you.
– John Mayer, “Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967″
I’m easily inspired. Especially by songs, movies, and quotes. I joke that I’m probably the worst person to solicit for movie advice because almost every movie seems to move me, if only in a silly and minuscule way. Maybe I’m just easily entertained; not necessarily because I’m simple-minded, but because I have an easy time cutting through whatever medium and finding some message or value I can hold onto. At least that’s what I tell myself.
Well, it happened again. Last night, I was doing work while listening to John Mayer’s newest album Paradise Valley on Spotify. Lost in flow, I drifted into his earlier albums unnoticeably until a lyric sunk into my eardrum: