What made you leave corporate America?
See the poster behind me? Its the Holstee Manifesto, and it goes like this (I’ve bolded my favourite lines):
This is your life. Do what you want and do it often.
If you don’t like something, change it.
If you don’t like your job, quit.
If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV.
If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love.
Stop over-analysing, life is simple.
All emotions are beautiful.
When you eat, appreciate every last bite.
Life is simple.
Open your heart, mind and arms to new things and people, we are united in our differences.
Ask the next person you see what their passion is and share your inspiring dream with them.
Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself.
Some opportunities only come once, seize them.
Life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them, so go out and start creating.
Life is short, live your dream and wear your passion.
I’ve had the privilege of working for some very large companies. The pay was good, consistent, and my work has been seen by millions of people. At least once a week I’ll see something I brought to life or talk to someone who has used a product I worked on. Its wonderful.
Wonderful…but somehow unfulfilling.
Me, a year ago.
I was catching up with an old colleague from evil-media-corporation and she was telling me about her new project. It was a non-profit focused on immigration and education reform in America, and they were going to achieve their lofty goals using technology. They just needed a Dylan.
I wasn’t ready to leave my big-tech-corp gig, so I started freelancing for a few months before making up my mind and going full-time with the non-profit.
It was a good move. I’ve been more productive at the non-profit in six months than I was at big-tech-corp in three years. The first project I launched went viral, got a write-up in the Guardian, featured on telemundo fox, and was used by celebrities like Ashton Kutcher, Adrian Grenier, Chris Tucker, Jared Leto, and dozens more.