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Finding passion in your life’s work

Building for the Web has been my passion since the day I discovered HTML2. For over ten years after getting a B.S. in Information Systems (yes, I’m one of those rare programmers you meet nowadays who has a four-year degree) I worked as a full-time employee at [Insert Company Here], never truly getting to build the way I wanted.

It absolutely drained me.

After a short honeymoon period with each company, I eventually detested going to work every day. Having someone else dictate how I did my work — my craft, my art — just so [Insert Company Here] could ship a few more widgets at the end of the month. It absolutely drained me. It swept away my passion. Had me asking myself what I was even doing there…

It’s all about the bottom line with these guys.

Working for a corporation even had me second-guessing if I was in the right profession.

Then one day, I left my job, and, 8 months later, landed on a tropical island in Southeast Asia so I could finally start programming again the way I did when I first discovered HTML2 — with passion.

The graph up above shows my commit history after leaving my full-time job up until now. I’m not making as much money as I once was — not by a long shot. But I’ve never been happier or more productive in my life.

Here are a few the things I’ve created after leaving my full-time job:

  • My own company building static websites.
  • A retro dark theme for Hugo. Inspired by the vaporwave movement.
  • A ridiculously fast static website using my theme.
  • Writing, a lot of it, on my existing blog, my new blog, and sometimes here on Medium.
  • ChicagoGangHistory.com using CloudCannon for a friend for $12. I actually pay him now because of the ad revenue he started generating after I moved him off WordPress.
  • Have almost finished wrapping up a brand new static website on Siteleaf for a client — one who actually pays me (ideal when you’re not making a steady paycheck), and didn’t make me sign a ball-busting NDA.
  • And, most recently, I created a web performance library in 33 lines of code which I’m confident will make a difference for thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands, of websites and their users. And guess who owns the intellectual property? (Hint: Not some company.)

Why am I telling you this? I don’t really know. Maybe it will help you somehow. Maybe it won’t. But hopefully it will. Because what self-respecting individual really wants to wallow their lives away sitting behind a desk cranking out widgets and pushing around paper at [Insert Company Here]?