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When Enough is Enough

It didn’t take long for me to realize I wasn’t doing what I should be doing. What I needed to be doing. What I was supposed to be doing.

This week I had the pleasure of meeting John Acuff – and on his blog yesterday he talked about how he spent 10 years settling. 10 years of wondering, “What if?”. 10 years of second-guessing. 10 years saying, “I’ll do it tomorrow”. Finally, John had enough – and he did something about it. Today, he’s doing what he loves, and inspiring others to do the same.

Not even two years removed from being a kid in college, I learned quickly that I needed to be doing work that mattered. That I would never personally be fulfilled sitting in a cubicle. That I couldn’t possibly have the impact I craved with someone else telling me what to do. That enough was enough.

And now, less than five years after walking across the stage and being handed a diploma, here I am, running my own business, working tirelessly each and every day as it continues to evolve and grow. Hopefully continuing to prove that you’re never stuck, unless you are.

Whether you’re 60 or 22, stuck in a job you hate or about to leave college and embark into the real world, there’s one simple thing that you must understand:

The world is at your fingertips.

It is yours for the taking. It isn’t as easy as pursuing your passion. It isn’t as simple as quitting your job and rejecting all responsibility.

But it is as simple as embracing that anything you want to do can be done. It is simple to dream. To think. To take the first step, whatever that may be.

Regardless of your current situation – if you believe there’s something different – something better – that you should be doing, you owe it to yourself to try.

You owe it to yourself to share that idea with the world.

You owe it to yourself to be happy.

Because enough is enough.

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  1. Hi Matt,

    I could not agree more. I had my last day at work on Friday, after 9 years spent in a cubicle since university. First I’ll travel, and then the future is wide open. All I know is that it’s going to be better than the half existence of the stressed 60 hour a week existence I was living! Your story has been inspiring me since I first found your blog!


    • That’s OUTSTANDING to hear, Caroline. I’m so happy for you and excited for you that you’ve taken this leap and are embarking on this adventure. It’ll have its up and downs – but it will without a doubt be worth it. I’m glad I have and will hopefully continue to provide a little inspiration along the way. All the best to you!

  2. Matt, the SAME thing happened to me. Well, kind of. I graduated college and was seduced by the idea of the agency world. Mac computers! Fancy/clever about pages! I wanted it ALL but I soon realized it would take YEARS for me to have any substantial control over anything that mattered. So I quit the job search, stopped chasing agency tail and here I am, 1 1/2 years later, doing my thing! Feel SO blessed to be doing it.

    • Cheers to that, Shenee. Here’s to continuing to share that entrepreneurship can be and IS a very viable career option – even very early on – and that the day’s of “climbing the ladder” and “paying your dues” are old news.

  3. I have had the pleasure of hearing John Acuff speak a few times at my church, and he is wonderful and inspiring (not to mention hilarious). I’ve been reading his book Quitter, and I definitely recommend that to you if you have not read it!! It might not speak to you now as much as it probably would have a few years ago, but it’s still a great read.

    • Thanks, Krista. Had the pleasure of meeting John yesterday – I’m fairly convinced he and I are the same person – we’ve been through some very similar events in our lives. Agreed that the concept behind Quitter is great – I/we are currently working on ways to be very involved with his Quitter conference in September. Good times!

  4. Thank you for this post – this is a reminder that I CAN start college courses to get a degree in art and do what I love. I can do anything I set my mind to do.