Today (Friday, June 3rd, 2011) is my final day as an employed person.
Wow. That just sounds a little surreal. Maybe even a little freaky.
Looking back on my long and varied career, I see now that this has been my destiny the entire time. This is what I was meant to become. My fate, if you will.
“Only in a leap from the lion’s head shall he prove his worth.”
Ever since making this decision, I have been thinking of Indiana Jones in The Last Crusade, when he steps forward off of the ledge (near the end of the movie). That moment, (oh, spoiler alert) just before his foot hits the bridge and walks across… that’s how I feel as I write this.
Will I land on a stable surface that will lead me to the holy grail so I can save my dad? Or will I fall down into the deep dark pit of doom? The only way I will ever know for sure if this is the right thing to do is to just do it. My balance is shifted, my foot pointed straight out in the empty air before me as I begin to lean toward the unknown.
I have a plan. Mostly.
Lest you assume that I am walking away from a decent job without some kind of security in place, allow me to mention the two primary items that pushed me into making this seemingly-crazy decision: Most importantly, insurance is not a problem. We’ve got it covered through my wife’s employer. Also, I have already received a very encouraging amount of interest from people who want to work with me. There seems to be no shortage of opportunities in my future, along with a very helpful long-term relationship that I will get to in more detail further down the page.
Obviously, you have to be a certain type of person to be able to work completely on your own. There’s a level of responsibility and accountability that need to be kept in check. Believe me, I have gone over this in my head many times… “am I ready”. And I really do believe that I am.
It seems that now, being a father of two kids who are no longer little, learning how to be a master of one’s own time is something that I have had to learn on the way, perhaps a little subconciously. I’m pretty sure that I’ll still have creative ups and downs, which is to be expected. But I do know that I will do everything that I say that I will, and then a little more. This involves real commitment to my craft.
What really means the most to me, is that my sweet and beautiful wife Julie is supporting me through this major transition. It won’t be easy on our family, but here we are, taking risks and being rock-stars. I love her for this more than she will ever know. Certainly, the first month or two are going to be the hardest.
We may possibly have a few late bills because of this until we start seeing a regular flow of payments coming in. But in the long term, she and I both want a greater future for both us and our children. A future that wasn’t going to happen in my current job situation, or even from hopping to another similar position. We’re ready to step it up a notch, we’re not afraid to work for it, and we’re willing to make a few sacrifices along the way when needed.
Also, I feel very honored to have a network of friends in the industry that are very strongly supporting me in this decision. A few of whom have been doing this very same thing for years on their own. I have mentored and learned, and I know that if I make the inevitable mistake here or there along the way, that I will be able to get back up stronger than before because of the wisdom that others have shared with me. It won’t be easy, it won’t be perfect, but it will be worth every moment. Fall down seven times, get up eight.
Fist-bump to the UK.
Finally, I want to announce that the guy primarily responsible for my decision is Mr. Nathan Pitman of Nine Four Ltd., a small company based out of Berkshire. He has agreed for us to establish a long-distance relationship between his company and my services.
We’ve known each other for a long time, and have decided that we have enough trust between us to try working on some projects together, long-term. This is a great opportunity for both of us, and I am extremely excited to be working with him and Paul Cripps. Now I just need to get our passports in order.
Now open for business, and other stuff.
I plan on using my name as an LLC, and reviewing any new project ideas that come my way. Perhaps our paths will cross. If you are interested in working with me on something, drop me an email (anton -at- antonpeck.com, or just fill out the contact form) and let’s chat.
One of the small things I am excited about is that I will be able to have more time for my hobby, podcasting. Being in my own office means that it will be easier to schedule interviews over Skype, or take :15 minutes and crank out a quick tutorial. The future indeed looks bright!
So wish me luck, or something.