Be Careful What You Pray For

I’m a firm believer that God answers all prayers—many times the answer is just plain “no.” There are times though when he says “yes” and your world changes in an instant. That’s what just happened to me.

What better way to tell your boss that you’d like to leave your job than to start a public blog and sign your real name. Just make sure you’re subtle about how you feel (Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Your Job!) and only hint that you may want to do something new (The Smoking Gun). Naturally, I’m neither subtle nor smart about these kinds of things so when the owner of the company came in with a printout of my blog, why was I surprised?

So fast forward three weeks and here I am on my own and ready to change the world. Okay, maybe I need to scale that back a bit. Here I am on my own and ready to find a way to keep paying my bills! Yeah, that’s reality. I’m banking on No Thirst Software to pay the bills. It’s not a horrible bet, even thought the past month has been nothing but distractions, I have Debt Quencher nearly ready to ship and I’m working on a much larger application with about three months to pull it all together.

I’m just wondering if this is going to be a three months of “I’m waiting for OS X Leopard to ship” or “I have three months to live.” Obviously the former will drag and seem like an eternity and the latter shoots by like a bullet train. What I need is the patent-pending Ronco Time Squeezer:

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Now how much would you pay for this peace of mind? $1,000? $1,000,000? How about just three easy payments of just $19.95 plus shipping and handling? But wait! There’s more! Call in the next five minutes and get the equally amazing Ronco Time Compressor for just one additional payment of $19.95. Why agonize waiting weeks or months for the Apple iPhone announcement—a few cranks of the Ronco Time Compressor and POOF! you’ve got the worlds coolest phone! Can’t wait for Vista to ship so Microsoft can stop pretending it’s going to be an amazing success? Put Billy G. out of his misery and crank away a few months so we can all watch the Windows hit the fan.

Act today before this offer goes away!

Yeah, I don’t have any handy Ronco products right now. I guess I’ll have to just work my butt off and not waste time. How lame is that?

The upside is that I am where I wanted to be. Once again, I have the opportunity to create great software that is only limited by my imagination (oh crap) and my skills as a developer (double crap). I’ve been generously given a chance to take over the driver’s seat and steer my own path to financial success. I know I’m going to win out of this deal. I’ll either gain a ton of knowledge because of my efforts or find my way to abundance highway—who knows, I may even get both!

4 thoughts on “Be Careful What You Pray For

  1. jeff

    So the departure was not quite what I thought it was. Seems mine wasn’t either. I applaud he who takes his fortune into his own hands. Were your former tech writer so brave, he would do the same. If your former boss could not understand why you felt the way you felt, either through ignorance or stupidity, then such is the loss for him. Tech Writer applauds former dev manager…

  2. Kevin Hoctor

    Ah, but my boss did understand and the parting of ways was better than I could have ever imagined. I’ll write more about his generousity in a future blog.

  3. Anonymous

    I am sorry to hear that you had to leave before you were completely ready. Sometimes that early push can bring greater motivation. I also heard that you received a really nice parting gift. Tell us about it…

  4. Anonymous

    Though it may not have felt like the right time in the future you might realize that it was the perfect time. Plus, it sounds like you tried to make it work once before snd it was not the right fit. I’m sure the new venture will work out for you if that is where your heart lies. And maybe now your kids can follow your example rather than what you preach. No matter what, good luck with everything!

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