I quit my job. I have enough saved to last me 1 year. I have 365 days to find out how to earn a living. This is Day 1.
Day 1 Video
Do you remember what it felt like to play hookey back in school? Or to call in sick from work when you really weren't sick? Day 1 after quitting my job feels like that. It feels like l'm doing something wrong, but it feels good.. Like I'm supposed to be somewhere and doing something, but I just said Fuck it! It feels better than the first day of a vacation, because the vacation is a year long ( shorter or longer depending on how this goes ).
This feeling is so great because after several years of "being in the game" and playing by someone else's rules, whether it be my employer's rules or a school schedule, this day... Today... is completely My Own. I own Today. I Pick And Choose What I Do Today. It's a strange feeling being empowered with choice when most of your life is in a reactive state. I don't want to live in a reactive state.
Day 1 feels great to lounge around and enjoy the pleasures of not having to work the 9-5, but it's not in my nature to be a lazy bastard, so some work has to be done today. Today I find myself thinking about the future, in how I want these next 364 days to go. Several questions arise and decisions have to be made in order for me to start my own business and make a living on my own terms. These questions are tough, but are extremely important as they will shape future decisions to come:
Do I focus all my energy on one business idea? Or do I spread the eggs to several baskets? Not every entrepreneur gets it right the first time, can I really afford to bet all my chips on one hand? Is trying several business ideas perhaps spreading me too thin?
Then there comes the issues of financing these ventures or venture. Do I seek venture capital? Or do I bootstrap?
Making one of these decisions affects the other so I have to think very carefully. The real question behind all of these other questions is this: How do I effectively spend my next 364 days?
Tough questions, and not something that can be thought about and answered in a few hours, so I'll have to take some time to think about it. While I do... Perhaps I'll enjoy the sun with my poolside mobile office for today.