Jay Shirley

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The Daily Practice

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It all changes now!

Published: 25 Jun 2012

For the past few years I’ve been putting aside money. At one point, we had quite a bit of money set aside. Then I decided I couldn’t handle living where we did, and I wanted to move. That was an expensive decision. At that point we had lost 20% off the value of what we owed on our house. Sanity has no price tag.

It was a great move. We love living here and we love our house. I started saving up more money and I have mostly made up the gap.

I always had a reason to set this money aside. It wasn’t to buy a nice car or even to put my kids through college. It was for this moment. Not to say I don’t want a Lotus Evora, but that can come later.

I did it for one moment, and that moment came today.

I’m independent, mostly, as of right now.

I turned in notice today. I resigned from a great company. It doesn’t make sense to do it, but dreams hardly ever make sense. That’s what makes them so spectacular.

While I’m chasing this dream, I am prepared. I’ve been setting out goals for this to happen and it’s been years in the making.

Most importantly, I’m not alone in this. I have a fantastic network of people who encourage me in various ways.

Without those people supporting me I wouldn’t be able to do this.

It may be rash, but it feels right.

I don’t think very many people are willing or able to understand what compels someone to make this decision. It’s a rash decision but it feels necessary. As of right now, I think I am simply too distracted by other things to even be a good employee. It’s not fair to be a bad employee, so I shouldn’t be an employee.

What’s next:

My primary focus will be working on TDP. Using the application has resulted in huge gains in productivity and ability.

I believe this is a fantastic application and it has a growing community. While I’m not making money on it, I have ideas that could do that. It’s worth exploring.

I have a big feature list I want to plow through. Most notably, I really need to:

  • Add unbroken streaks and leader boards. Competition is good.
  • A great mobile view and app container.
  • Better group support.
  • See popular goals and search for them, and better categorization of the goals.

I’m excited for this and for the future. While the situation is scary, I’m not scared. I’m at peace and I’m energized. That’s how I know it was the right decision.