Fired might be a harsh word, but as of today I no longer work at the glorious Smiley Media. Working there was really fun, and I learned some interesting things, but at the end of the day I don't think I'm really meant to work in an office.
The only part I'll really miss are the people at Smiley Media. Steve is really good at hiring interesting people, so it was fun to be in that type of atmosphere every day. Unfortunately I never really "got into" the work, and thus I wasn't nearly as effective as I should have been. I felt somewhat guilty about that the whole time, occasionally pushing myself to be more useful, but found it hard to maintain. Since I helped hire two really good employees for the company, I may still help them find more, so if you're awesome and want to work there, let me know.
Now here's the thing: Smiley was such an awesome place to work, and I still couldn't hack it. This means that there is no way I will ever get a job again. The only possible exception is a really cool experiment that I'll be conducting soon, but you'll agree that it hardly counts.
So what's next? Luckily I have two things I've been working on in my free time. The first is an ebook about pickup, which has come out very well. I'm building the web site and such for it now, and it will be released soon. The second is a really cool web site that I've talked about in the forums. I have a bunch of other good ideas too, and now I have the time to do them. Before I would literally do nothing but real work, eat, karaoke, and then work on my side projects.
Overall I'm very happy about this change. It was hard for me to be accountable to anyone else, and also difficult to not have the freedom to travel whenever I wanted. I actually did have a lot of freedom there, but I'm too used to doing my own thing. If you're reading this, you should be excited. You can expect more posts, more crazy adventures, and more cool new projects!
The only challenge now is to start something fast that will give me enough income to live until my bigger ideas come to fruition.
You seem like the type of guy who needs his freedom and can't really excel in structured enviornments. I know I feel the same way. I could never work in an office Id be bored to tears.
If you can believe it, that's actually not me. Something's fishy about it... I don't think anyone else mentioned in the book is coming to Austin.
I saw your post:
and it amuses me greatly.
At the moment... I don't have any income. Look for that to change in the next few weeks! People on the forums know what I'm talking about...
WOW, congrats! Sounds like you're going to have a lot of fun.
Best of luck (and stay out of too much danger),
Yeah, congrats. From reading your previous posts, it's obvious that you made the right decision. Looking forward to your posts about your crazy adventures.
So... I have a problem. I was thinking today and I realized that I am in front of my computer WAY more than I should be. This occured to me when I woke up from one of my naps and made a beeline for the computer. I then realized that I repeat this behaviour every single time I wake up!
Further, there's no reason for me to be in front of this giant box 'o fun. Well, right now there is because I'm writing a post, but for most of the day I DEFAULT to sitting in front of the computer. I scan through the 30 or so sites I have on my toolbar, even though most of them only update once or twice a day at most.
This is sick! Think about it - none of my interesting stories start of with "So, I sat in front of the computer all day...". Every hour I spend in front of this thing is an hour that my life is NOT getting more interesting. I spend a lot of time online chatting with my friends, which I enjoy, but is that really the best use of my time? Probably not.
A few days ago I posted "What Happens if You Have Open Hours to Talk to Your Site Visitors?" Over the holidays, I took open hours to have chats with any reader of the site who wanted to. But at the end I asked,
Final thought – everyone who signed on are pretty expansive and ambitious people with lots going on and lots of dreams, but I’d like to find a way to touch base with more people… I mean, I had 23 interesting and fascinating calls, but I’ve got 500+ people visting the site daily, and another 400+ people subscribed by RSS.
Who are you other people? There’s 900 of you… what are you doing? You – yes YOU – what are you doing? C’mon, c’mon, stop just being a consumer and come play and have adventures and talk and connect and communicate. Yes, YOU, I’m sure you’ve got some fascinating stuff going on, right? Or at least a fainter idea that more is possible?
Please feel very welcome to reach out, drop a line, and let me know how it’s going. I’ve got a variety of contact info all over the site.
I got a number of very cool emails in response to that. This one is from Miguel Hernandez from Grumo Media.