I’m not sure if you’re the type of person to notice signs in life. But I am, and my life has been full of key moments represented by significant signs that the universe provides. As I sat in first class on a plane from Seattle to Houston the day after I announced I was leaving QThru, I recognized this as one of those signs. I’ve only sat in first class once in my life, and that was on a 20 minute trip from Kauai to Oahu. So this was my first real experience. I felt pampered, posh, luxurious. The alcohol was free and the dinner was amazing (for a plane). While looking out the window at Seattle, it was unusually beautiful. I knew I had made the right choice.
A common saying from J minus’ front man, Trevor, was “The universe will provide..” The universe was rewarding me for making a tough decision. I was fully dedicated and extremely passionate about QThru and making it a success. Leaving the company felt like I was breaking up with a girlfriend of 10 years. I expressed my serious concerns, fought about it like I was at war, but in the end I had no control and it was in another person’s hands, who was already indifferent to to the situation and had no desire to try anymore. This was extremely tough, knowing the full potential of what QThru could be and how much I put into it.
But my instinct and gut has always steered me in the right direction. My life has been full of times when the decision I made altered its course. And this was no different. I put in 2 1/2 years, countless hours, and tons of sacrifices, but my instinct told me it was time to move on. And my instinct has rarely let me down.
The advice I give to anyone who asks me about quitting their job to start a company is simple but hard to recognize. You will know when it’s time. The reason this is hard is because when you’re in this situation, you’re anxious. Work dis-interests you because you want to be working on something else. You have some business leads, but they’re not solid enough. Your personal finances seem good, but you’re still too scared. And these things lead to being unsure. Trust me, one day it will click and you will know it’s time, and if that day doesn’t come, then how can you have the confidence and assurance to know you’ve made the right decision?