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Getting Fired Was the Best Day of My Life

Ok, maybe not the best day.

My wife would kill me if I put this before my wedding day. But the day I got fired. The day I started down the path of an entrepreneur. The day I finally got the kick in the ass I needed to stop holding myself back, stopped doubting myself, stopped talking myself out of doing what I knew I should be doing – is certainly in the top three.

I’m a quitter. And the world needs more of us. It needs more passionate people who aren’t afraid to take a chance. Who, when faced with an obstacle, see opportunity. Who take action, challenge themselves to be better, and never stop hustling.

Today I’m excited and honored to announce a partnership with Jon Acuff. A man who’s story is very similar to my own (though he’s got a few years on me). His book, Quitter, inspires folks to discover the work they love.

Whether it be working from the beaches of Thailand or within the confines of a cubicle – passionate, meaningful work is what we all want – it’s what we crave, but often struggle to find.

Like Jon, I’m passionate about helping folks discover the work they want to do in order to live the life they’re meant to live. Specifically, I’m most excited about helping aspiring entrepreneurs launch their ideas into the stratosphere. To turn their dreams into reality. To distill down the best version of themselves, and their brand, so it can be most successful.

That’s why we’ve partnered with Jon and the Quitter community, specifically our “Launch” package, which provides all of the branding resources a new business needs to get started. And I couldn’t be more excited to share in his platform.

I keep coming back to the question I asked in yesterday’s post:

“What if tomorrow never comes? What if you started hustling, moving, and shaking today as if there was no guarantee of tomorrow? Imagine what you would do. Imagine what you could accomplish.”

Being a quitter isn’t about quitting your job to start a business. It isn’t about finding a new place to work. As Jon puts it: “A Quitter for me is someone who quits average.”

Amen. Put that on a t-shirt. Watch the video below where I share a bit of my own Quitter story. Yes, I am wearing makeup.

Also: Check out the live stream of the Quitter Conference TONIGHT at 7pm EST!

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  1. Matt,

    Amen. My wife would also knock me upside the head if I didn’t put our wedding first (and children second). But, the most impactful day was getting canned and starting the real road to being an entrepreneur.

    Thanks for your continued inspiration and passion!

    Best,
    Jason
    @JasMollica

    • Thanks, Jason! I think many of us can attribute a moment like getting fired to be the springboard that propelled us into doing something we’re much, much happier with today. Hope all is well my friend!

  2. Sometimes we do need that swift kick to get us going. I’ve been in similar situations as yourself and that propelled me to do what I really wanted. I then made the stupid mistake of going back to “average” and found myself totally miserable. Now I’m working my way back out of that because life’s too short to not do what you really want to do and are meant to do.

    Very glad to see you giving back so early in your career. Often people wait until they’ve got numerous years of experience behind them before they do so.

    • Thanks, Jennifer! You’re not alone in going BACK down the path of “average” – believe me, it’s pretty damn tempting to give up the path I’m on and walk down a path that seems easier, more comfortable, and less stressful, even if it’s less fulfilling. But ultimately, the challenge is worth doing what I love and building a life for myself and my family that I’m proud of.

  3. Ditto for me (after the birth of my brother).

    You and I’ve had a few conversations about this. It’s incredible how empowering something so scary can feel. It’s an uphill battle, but I’d rather fight that battle as an entrepreneur for something I believe in rather than a job that makes me miserable.

    I’m going to have to check out Quitter.

    Thanks for continuing to be awesome and inspiring :)

    • You should definitely check out Quitter – great read and Jon is a pretty inspiring dude. I completely agree that the uphill battle is 100% worth it – sometimes I have to remind myself that it is – as the roller-coaster of entrepreneurship has even higher highs and lower lows, but I know at the end of every day, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Thanks for your continued friendship and support, Berrak!

  4. Matt,

    This is awesome news! A kick in the ass always helps, hahaha. Looking forward to what’s to come. I would like to share a great quote I heard yesterday by a famous former bodybuilder/actor/politician…

    “You can climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.”
    -Arnold Schwarzenegger

  5. Love your journey, Matt. You’re an inspiration to me, as someone in the same field (or trying to be?) who just hasn’t quite ‘made it’ and stepped up to the calling. I do feel like my business and how I want to do business is evolving, but I also LOVE helping people launch and leverage technology for their passionate message.. Want to create something similar (but different, of course) for my audience!

  6. I was fired over 8 years ago. That started me in a whole new direction professionally that wasn’t even on my radar. It’s funny how things work out. By the way, congrats on your new partnership with Jon.

  7. This article is such a great fresh perspective on quitting. I have friends who have been so unhappy about their jobs and quit with no plan. At first it seems so crazy, but this article really helped me understand how life is a journey and its about the struggle to make it work to build a life around your passions.