A life update: I quit my first full-time job three weeks ago to start a company. At the time this felt like a really monumental decision. But now, looking backwards, it wasn’t really that big of a deal. I’m more convinced than ever that right now I should optimize for my time above all else.
I’ve always lived my life rather linearly. In high school, I worked hard so I could get into the best college. In college, I worked hard so I could get the best internships and first job. In my first job, I worked hard so I could get the promotions that everyone else was working for.
In all of these instances I constructed my work around what others found important. Because I didn’t have strongly held values or desires, it was too easy to adopt the desires of others around me as my own. Now out of a stubborn desire to chase solely what I want to, I’ve decided to forge my own path. After all, we only get a limited amount of time to build the world that we want to live in. 😉
So, for the first time, what’s next for me isn’t so clear. Progress on my company isn’t linear, so I take each day one at a time. In a funny way, it kind of feels like working on a massive assignment for a CS class. In just ten minutes I could set back all the progress I’ve made in the past ten hours by discovering some flaw in the logic.
So…yeah. This is my life right now. While it’s definitely not all roses (yes, I’m often lonely and yes, I’m often frustrated and lost and confused), I couldn’t be happier.