It has been exactly one year since I quit my last job.
Things that I thought was important but didn't turn out to be:
It has been one year since:
- I had to do something because I had no choice.
- I had a boss.
- I had to attend meetings.
- Since I have been answerable to someone.
Things that turned out to be important:
Discovering things about myself that had been previously masked. For example, discipline is about doing things even when there is no one watching you. I realized how bad I was at this, and a year later, I've significantly improved.
Equally important, I've discovered many of my strengths. And learning how to build on those.
For example, I ended up jumping in full-time into our own startup - we have three guys in our little company, and I'm learning how to leverage each of our strengths as a team. Why is this different from previous experiences? Because I was told to do things. Here, we are the ones deciding what to do and the guys actually doing it. In all this decision making, I realized what areas I have a good nose for, and which ones I don't.
One year flew by and I don't even know how. Definitely not a good thing.
I'm simply not satisfied with the results.
Back to the drawing board...
It has been one year without a salary.
Like a wise man once said "Only when you're truly lost do you begin to find yourself."
This is exactly what happened to me. When I quit, I had all sorts of visions that my freedom would be exciting and I can do anything I want. In fact, the first month was exactly that and I had lot of fun. The second month was disastrous, it is amazing how depressing one can get if there is nothing to do. An idle man is a DevD's workshop.
I started thinking about what it is that I want out of life and what it is that I can do. Even though I still don't have an answer, I have a far better understanding of what the answer would be like, than I previously did.
I have many things to look forward to, especially some exciting things coming up with our company. Lots of things to learn. And most importantly, focusing on lots of things to do.
Still a long way to go.