Dear Nerd Fitness reader,
Today is certainly one of the most important, exciting, terrifying, and bittersweet moments of my life. A few weeks back, I informed my company Sixthman that I would be leaving the company to work on this website full time.
That’s right, I’m devoting all of my time and energy to Nerd Fitness and the Rebellion.
Today will be my last day of work here in the office, and then tomorrow I depart for the Bahamas along with a dozen of my college friends for a wedding on Harbour Island. That day of the wedding also happens to be my 26th birthday; I’ve enjoyed the first twenty-five years on this planet; I’m eager to see what’s I’m capable of in the next twenty five and beyond.
Nerd Fitness has become something bigger than just a guy and a blog; it is now a full-blown community of people turning their lives around and helping others do the same. After many sleepless nights, I came to the realization that the longer I waited on putting my full effort behind this site, the tougher it would be for me to eventually take that leap. I told myself, “if you’ve found what you’re meant to do, why wait any longer?”
Since starting Nerd Fitness sixteen months ago, my excitement for this site and its future has grown with each passing day. Every new email, every new member to the NF message boards, and every new comment on the site makes me smile just a little bit bigger. I know I’m doing something right.
There were a few other reasons that I really wanted to free up my time:
You’re probably wondering, “um, Steve…how is this a company if you’re not making any money yet?”
Great question. Ultimately, I have big plans for this site and I can’t wait to get started on them (beginning with the Nerd Fitness rebel guide) – the only thing I’ve been running terribly short on lately is time. I believe so strongly in this site and this community that I’m willing to “risk” my future for it. I put risk in quotations because I believe strongly enough in myself to do whatever it takes to make this plan work.
When failure is the only other option, I will do whatever necessary to succeed.
In the meantime, I’ve got quite a few things in the works to cut my expenses way down until I’m turning a profit. I plan on channeling my inner Baker by selling all of my crap that I no longer use – my digital piano, electric guitar and amp, old video games, dvds, and books. I plan on channeling my inner Everett and Leo by living far more minimally than I’m used to. I have some great contacts here in the Atlanta area and a few backup plans to help pay the bills until I’ve established a positive cash flow.
I am incredibly sad to be leaving Sixthman; coming to work for this company has been the best thing that’s ever happened to me. If you EVER get a chance to go on a Sixthman cruise, I guarantee you’ll have the time of your life. I told myself the only way I’d ever leave this company would be to go work for myself – that day has finally come.
I’m headed to the Bahamas tomorrow, where I’ll be completely unplugged from the world for a few days. I’ll celebrate my 26th birthday with my friends on Saturday, return to Atlanta on Sunday completely recharged and refreshed, and then Monday morning I’ll be putting on my “hard hat” and going to work for Nerd Fitness.
I leave you today with a slightly modified quote from my favorite movie, The Shawshank Redemption:
“I find I’m so excited, I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it’s the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope Nerd Fitness will be successful. I hope to see my friends and shake their hands. I hope the Caribbean is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope.”
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