This past week I resigned from my job.
I was 6-months in, and by all outward appearances, was doing really good.
I had excellent benefits, a lucrative compensation package, the ability to often work from home, and a great team at my side to support me.
I had a better-than-average commission structure, was working for a winning company, and had a LOT of potential ahead of me.
But I also had a nagging feeling in my gut.
I had taken the job (my first “real” one since quitting my last “real” one in 2010) with the idea that the extra money I would be making would help to fuel my own business and help me scale up to the next level.
6-months in, and I was full-on in business mode. I was making more money than I had in quite a while, and things were good.
But, “Good is the enemy of great.” – Jim Collins
Somewhere along the line, I had lost site of my North star goal: To take the extra cash I was making and use it to fuel my business to new heights.
I had embraced this wonderful company and was a full-on employee, putting my best time and energy into my job. It was good.
I had made a ton of new professional connections, met new friends, and learned an incredible amount about an industry that I had previously known very little about. Life was good.
But good is the enemy of great.
Losing my momentum
One of the many benefits I had at this job was that when it came time to head into the office, I had a fairly lengthy commute. This would normally be viewed as a bad thing to most employees, but I used it as time to catch up on some great podcasts and audio books. (SIDE NOTE: Some of my favorite podcasts I listened to along the way came from Lewis Howes, Pat Flynn, Chris Ducker, Tim Ferriss, Stephen Warley, Dan Carlin, and Joel Runyon – all of which I highly recommend to those reading this!)
One such book that I enjoyed listening to over and over was Donald Trump’s Think Big and Kick Ass in Business and Life. The Donald shares some great wisdom he’s learned along the way of failing his way to success. My favorite part is chapter 7, “The Big Mo'”, in which he talks about momentum.
As I had listened again to this chapter for the ____th time, I started to listen to the example he gives in the beginning of someone who had lost their momentum. While cruising along NY’s Interstate 90 at 75ish MPH, it hit me like I was a head-on collision…
He was talking about me.
Good is the enemy of great
I had let my own business – the engine for which many of my life’s goals will be produced over the coming years – fall almost completely by the wayside.
I had lost my momentum!
The problem that I now had come to grips with, was that I had worked myself into a corner. So deeply involved with, and committed to my job, that I did not have the time now to put into my own business. It was either/or, instead of both/and like I had originally envisioned it to be.
The very next day, I had received something related to my business in my inbox and I got a sick feeling in my stomach. My baby, that I’d created, had been neglected. Not only had it shrunk in my mind, but it shrunk on paper as well.
It was time for a change.
Strive for Greatness
One of my favorite athletes is LeBron James.
All opinions from the readers aside, he’s at the top of his game and he’s still hungry.
Following him on Instagram, I saw some everyday mundane post that he put up about something he was doing in life, and tagged it with the same hashtag he often does – #striveforgreatness.
That’s what I need in my life, because good is the enemy of great.
Last week, I resigned from my perfectly good job. It had nothing to do with them, and everything to do with what I had been wasting.
So now, I’m writing this post to you, many of whom are my personal friends, as a call to action.
Thank you for loving me, thank you for supporting me, and thank you in advance for keeping me accountable.
Don’t let me waste what I’ve been given. Don’t let me lose focus. Don’t let me settle for good when great is within reach.