In 2010 I read Dan Miller’s book No More Mondays and it changed everything for me. At the time I was struggling to remain motivated working for a very small pre-money startup.
I was running the operations for this startup which meant I was on call 24 / 7. My phone would buzz at all hours of the night and I’d have to go kick some servers. It wasn’t sustainable.
I was conflicted though because I believed I wanted to be part of the startup world more than anything. I had left my previous job to pursue this dream of working on the ground floor building something I loved, and I was confused that it didn’t feel more awesome.
Dan’s book gave me a glimpse into another side of entrepreneurship I had not yet discovered. He showed me a world where people were starting and running their own businesses on their own terms.
I was hooked.
I started pursuing my own idea immediately. In the years that followed I tried a huge number of businesses and projects all striving for the prize of living and working on my own terms. I did everything from financial coaching to custom websites to consulting.
I tried almost anything I could think of that sounded fun (and some of them actually weren’t fun at all).
But one thing was always “out of bounds” for me.