It was in the third quarter of 2007 that I made the “very brave decision” (well that’s the way everybody else describes it) to quit my job without having another job to go to (that will teach me to take advice from a fictional character!). I’ll let you in on a little secret, I really didn’t know if I’d done the right thing, hell, it wasn’t until the early part of 2008 that I knew I’d done the right thing. Nevertheless, on Thursday 8th November 2007 (I think?), my dream of freedom became a reality. I believe that it was mid afternoon that I left; I’d had my fill of writing documentation and clearly wasn’t getting anywhere near any code ever again (I’m a Software Developer) and so I decided that my time would be better spent searching for a job*.
In between responding to emails and trawling the job boards, I decided to chart the course of my adventure by way of a blog and to draw up a list of targets that I should aim to meet within the next year. My main motivation for switching jobs was the chance to be better, to achieve more and I felt I should be holding myself to this; tangible, measurable targets seemed a good way to test myself. I’m not going to share what all of my targets were, that would be telling, but suffice to say that judgement day has arrived and I have dispatched five of them (there were seven).
Paying off my student loan is number six, unfortunately my dedication to number two (maintaining my position on the graph of age vs bhp) meant that this couldn’t be achieved. Do I really need 2.5 litres of engine to propel me around Sussex? You’re damn skippy I do! And yes Chris, I am reinstating this target onto next years list (Focus RS?).
As for the blog, you’re reading it now; this website has changed so many times in the last year (and as always there are more changes ahead) but this blog has always been a part of it. Be sure to come back soon and read about my continuing battle to avoid becoming a cog – to infinity and beyond!
JoJo (unashamedly me, since 1984).
*By and large, recruitment agents are twats.