I quit most things I’ve been working on the last few years.
I abandoned the PhD program I was pursuing – even though I already put together a research proposal.
I stopped teaching even though the curriculum is finished and it gets easier the more you teach.
I stopped actively investing. I switched to a simple 3 fund portfolio. Even though I spent years studying finance, valuation and the markets.
I gave up speaking engagements. I had 6 reach out to me one month for talks on technology, strategy and finance. I’ve given a lot of talks and they get easier each time.
I quit all of those things just as they were getting easier.
My sister told me last year “you have to make room in your life for the things you want.” She was making room for changes in her life and it worked.
I also believe that unless you know what you are willing to sacrifice, you won’t really achieve anything.
So I decided to give it a shot. I made room. I sacrificed. The problem is I don’t have a plan or any goals.
I just quit to make room for something else. Maybe something else will show itself. Maybe not.
I’m not sure goals really matter, anyway. Perhaps embracing impermanence is better. Change keeps coming.
Maybe my goal should be to embrace impermanence?