In July 2012, I gave my notice on a great job with a company that I had been with for over 4 years, it surprised a few people and may have seemed like a rash decision to some.
However I am lucky to have a family who did not question my decision, they were awesomely supportive and encouraged I do what I need to be happy. What’s interesting is how many of my colleagues thought I was throwing away a stable and fast paced job in favour of the the stark unknown of starting a business.
In the past 4 years I have been a user interface designer, a front-end developer, a digital marketer, and product manager. At one point I was lucky enough to embellish one of my own projects – CarSearch (read as: bringing an external product prototype and concept of my own to the company, building it up in house and being supported by the company and colleagues to take it to market. It was a lot of fun, full of experience, adventure and stress. The original concept had some traction and was only a prototype. Luckily the talented devs I work work pivoted it into a more commercially viable product.
The point which I am edging towards here is this: In the last 4-6 years I couldn’t find my place in doing any one thing, it might just be because I am bad at communicating or it could be that wearing many is what I do best. Rather than being an exceptional practitioner at one thing, I enjoy learning new skills then applying that knowledge to execute ideas. They might not be perfect, but most things need countless rounds of iteration before they’re viable in anyway.
At the beginning of 2012 this became clear to me, and has been at the front of my mind since, I’ve experienced constant reminders this year of why life is too short not to be doing the things you want to do.
I’ve wanted to do my own thing since college, so what the hell am I waiting for?