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Closed On A House: Quit My Job: Here I Go

Lustgarten

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Hello all,

Just turned 30, closed on our first home, found out my wife and I are expecting again, and quit my comfy salaried job to go into business for myself for the first time ever. All of which, happened all at once, last week.

I’m overwhelmed, scared shitless, panicking, excited, pumped, you name it. I’m every emotion imaginable right now.

I’ve toyed with entrepreneurship ever since I was 12 and finally something has clicked and I finally took the leap and now I’m building the parachute on the way down.

The biggest thing that drove me to taking the plunge was that I finally found the biggest motivator for me.

Control.

For me, realizing how much control I could have over my life but otherwise don’t due to my choices, bahaviors, actions, or inactions was enough to push me over the edge and go for broke.

The things I can or can’t buy, the experiences I can or can’t experience, the time I have available; all things I can control but have given up control over.

So I’m done. I control me now.

I’m here to learn as I go. I’m here to do the work. I’m here to help when and if I can.


Should you have any questions ask away, otherwise I’ll see you on the other side.

@MJ DeMarco Your email intro said to tag you in this.

Lustgarten
 
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Good luck! That's a lot to take on at the same time... May you have a winning streak.
 

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Congratulations and good luck! My first objective is the same as yours; control.
 
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Congratulations and good luck! My first objective is the same as yours; control.


@NickB 100%. There are things that are tied for first of course such as children, wife, experiences etc but the number one thing that drives me forward and makes my skin crawl if I don’t have it is Control. Took me a while to put my finger on it.

Best
 

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Good for you deciding to take the leap. It’s the first of many steps. My sincere hope for you and anyone in your position is that you built a lifestyle that you can ride out the ups and downs of entrepreneurship without the personal worries for the rest of your life.

I decided long ago that I would strive for this kind of lifestyle, where business things could totally suck for years straight and I would personally be just fine. It turned out to be a pretty good decision. Some call that “F*ck you”.

I like the peace of mind so much, I no longer try to buy a better and better lifestyle, but simply move the “F*ck you” level up instead. I have decided to NEVER give my “F*ck you” status away even if it’s tempting sometimes to go out be like the sheep.

I’d say “Best of luck!” but I don’t believe in luck. Enjoy the forum!
 
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Good for you deciding to take the leap. It’s the first of many steps. My sincere hope for you and anyone in your position is that you built a lifestyle that you can ride out the ups and downs of entrepreneurship without the personal worries for the rest of your life.

I decided long ago that I would strive for this kind of lifestyle, where business things could totally suck for years straight and I would personally be just fine. Some call that “f*ck you”.

I like the peace of mind so much, I no longer try to just afford things, but simply move the “f*ck you” level up instead. I have decided to NEVER give my “f*ck you” status away even if it’s tempting sometimes to go out be like the sheep.


@Kak Appreciate that. I secured a contract that pays me a set amount or overrride on production, whichever is higher, so worse case scenario is I’m fine, best case I make out substantially. I have an aggressive savings plan. I don’t so much want things. I want security for my family and to provide them experiences. Two year goal is to have the house paid in full. I can pull it off.

F*ck you status pretty much somes it up.

I’m not interested in the old way of doing things anymore. If my kids want to see a movie and the light bill is due, I should be able to do both without it stressing me out. My wife’s life long dream of a Disney Cruise shouldn’t have to be labeled a “dream”. And I shouldn’t have to hope that my child’s first steps or words fall on a weekend. No thanks.

Best
 
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Don’t give up. It can and will work if you do.
 

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For some reason when you mentioned paying the light bill or going to a movie with your kid it reminded me of one time the only thing I had to eat/drink was a bottle of Welch's Grape Juice and some BBQ chips. I was so hungry I scarfed it all down and liked it. I wouldn't eat those together these days if you paid me. Yuck!! While it seems like yesterday, it seems so long ago at the same time. Hang in there, it can be done. There may be a few ups and downs along the way but that just means your human.
 
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I secured a contract that pays me a set amount or overrride on production, whichever is higher, so worse case scenario is I’m fine, best case I make out substantially.

So what's the plan, consulting?

Congrats on the big moves! Autonomy has been proven to account for 50% of your happiness, so control (whether it's an illusion or not) is a good reason to get going.
 

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So what's the plan, consulting?

Congrats on the big moves! Autonomy has been proven to account for 50% of your happiness, so control (whether it's an illusion or not) is a good reason to get going.


@MJ DeMarco Yes, consulting of sorts. I’ve been asked to establish a large direct sales infrastructure. Think call centers, door to door, etc.

In addition, I have a product I spent some time developing and testing. It’s in a few households and decent feedback on it so when things stabilize a bit I’ll put more time and effort into expanding that and have another source of income.

I’m notoriously flighty so I’m working on my focusing skills so the product I made is on the backburner so I don’t screw everything up.
 

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