Should You Quit Your Job?

quitQuitting Your Job Is Not About the Job – It’s About Your Life

I had someone message me on FB the following:

Hey man! How you doing?!

Alright, first things first – your blog has been a huge fuckin’ inspiration.
It tells me one thing – a focused persevering man can never not win.

From your posts over the last year that I have been following closely, I really could imagine myself doing as much good financially and spiritually as you seemed – the satisfaction of job and money.

I just want to ask you a couple of things – nothing technical, just personal human experiences.

When you left your job to devote your full time to app development, did you have any panicky feelings or were you totally sure about yourself? Did you have any fear – what if my apps would flop, what if I couldn’t get my job back if my app business failed or I couldn’t just persist and focus more on it or got bored of it? 

I will be 22 years old in June. I passed out last year, completing my B.Tech C.S degree,and I do have a placement in an MNC with a decent salary package (at least for Indian cost of living), but haven’t got my joining yet. I’ve waited too damn long enough. 

I’m thinking of starting my app business seriously, along with a friend who might join me in a month probably, if I were to start my shit tomorrow.

Dude, I don’t know if you got my question or not by now. Answer this maybe.

How did you know, that “YES, THIS IS IT”? How did you know that yes my app would be perfect, that yes, I could make do financially with these apps on the market?

I’m confused as f**k. I am working in a startup (because I did not get joining in the MNC yet), and I feel like I should be starting up myself. 

Also could you give any pointers like as to what two dudes definitely should be doing when starting an app business?

Thanks a lot man if you read this far. 
Alrighty then.

 

Here’s what I wrote back:

Hey dude,

Thanks for your words. You’ve got a good vibe and I dig that. 

Dude – quitting my job was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I was 25 and it was a startup, managing all the internet marketing. The CEO was a billionaire and when I told him I was leaving he said I was making the biggest mistake of my life and that I was a failure. I walked out two week later with zero plans, little money, and was TERRIFIED. 

I went home and read The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand for a week. It changed my life. I finally realized that I have to go after my dreams and work harder than I ever thought possible to bend reality to what I wanted. 

I didn’t get right into apps. I spend 2 years doing websites, SEO, and all that for people in a small town. I worked 19 hours a day for the first few months because I needed to make money.

I would literally build websites for companies then walk in and try to sell them already built! It was desperate times because if I didn’t sell, I was fucked. 95% of people said my websites sucked, told me I was a joke, and a failure. I failed at almost anything I did when I started on my own. 

Things went on and I started to make some money, at least enough to pay my bills and not stress out all the time. Then I started messing with apps and did my first project. Flipped a $13,000 app (Alpha Combat). Maxed my credit cards, worked 300 hours on it, and released. It didn’t do that well haha, but I made it my mission to find out why and to share it with the world. 

It was do or die. I refused to die. So I rocked as hard as I could, all day every day, until I got what I wanted.

Success.

During 2012, I kept grinding but also doing SEO stuff. The hardest part (which most “gurus” dont talk about) is starting with little money and not being able to write code yourself.

So I made a plan to execute as much as I could for as little money as possible while still earning dollars on the side. The goal was not to get RICH, it was to get SMART. I realized the most important priority was to learn as fast as possible, and the money would come after that. 

Starting in August, things clicked. I understood how to publish and I understood the market. I had a team in place that I worked well with. I was manufacturing apps and could publish hundreds at a time. The money started to come in. 

The rest is history, I guess.

To answer your questions – remember that the opposite of fear is faith. Ghandi once said “A spoonful of faith can move a mountain” and I believe that.

What if’s can easily be “what if this all works out?” or “What if I get what I dream of?” Optimism is incredibly powerful.

Every night I spend 20 minutes watching videos or reading books that remind me that the only thing stopping me from getting what I want in life is myself. It has changed everything.

There was no “Yes this is it” moment for me, but rather a series of small “fuck yeah” moments when I made something happen. Those all add up to moments when I realize that I am extremely happy with my life and the choices I’ve made. 

I know those feelings of confusion very well. The answer that I have found is that what I wanted was not financial freedom or millions of dollars or whatever – it’s that I wanted to stop being confused.

The only way to do that is to take action. Indecision will end you.

No matter what you decide, realize that it’s going to teach you something for good or for bad, and that’s all that matters. 

Its also easy to feel like you’re watching the mobile gold rush happen and you’re standing on the sidelines while everyone else gets rich. I can assure you that being successful is not about “hitting the bubble” at the right time.

Successful people can do it in any economy, in any industry, any time. Your goal should be to learn to be successful, not to make money on apps. 

I’d recommend reading two books – Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen. You’ll understand why once you do. 

Remember that you deserve to be successful just as much as anyone else. There is no reason why you cant or shouldnt be. Fear is the root of all spiritual evil – treat all decisions equally and believe that any decision will make your life better (because it will).

Life is one big experience and you will crush it no matter what you do as long as you remember that. 

Rock and roll man. Here’s to your life and the endless possibilities you have. 

Keep in touch. 

Carter

 

His response:

ALRIGHTY! Thanks a lot man. That was so deeply more than what I expected. Thanks a fuckin’ lot man. I’d read those two books you gave, and I’d start taking action. I’m indecisive right now whether I should leave the startup or not. 

Just, thanks again man. That was so truly enlightening. Man, do me and yourlself a favour, put that whole message as a blogpost. Others deserve to see this. I know I’m not the only one who’d benefit from all those words.

You take care. 
Alrighty then.

 

And that’s what’s up.

Carter

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COMMENTS

  • John March 13, 2013

    So you CAN quit your job, but is it doesn’t seem necessary to do that right off the bat. I have a few thousand dollars saved up and a really nice work from home job, and I’m planning to start off making apps using your re-skinning business model for 2-4 months before I consider quitting my job. That business model seems like it can pretty easily scale down to 15-20 hours a week for people doing it as a side business, am I right?

  • Carter Thomas Carter Thomas March 13, 2013

    You’re exactly right. Start small and prove to yourself that you can work the model, the scale it up. When you have that process down, you’ll know when it’s time to jump ship. Glad to hear you’re making moves, man. That’s awesome.

    Carter

  • Chad March 13, 2013

    “Fear is the root of all spiritual evil” – Awesome reminder man. Especially after slogging through localization/keywords for every country.

    Blog update looks great too!

  • Carter Thomas Carter Thomas March 13, 2013

    Haha I hear that. It’s easy to get lost in the details…and as we all know, the devil is known to live there. Thanks about the blog update!

    Carter

  • Kevin March 13, 2013

    If you truly believe it’s within to make stuff happen, then you’ve really already made your decision. The brave part is to admit it and take action.

  • Carter Thomas Carter Thomas March 13, 2013

    Absolutely, Kevin. Like they say – Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.

    Carter

  • Andrew March 13, 2013

    Carter, I’m so glad this post popped up in my email today.

    Why do entrepreneurs always ask the best questions and give the best advice?

    It must be something in the DNA.

    When I decided to start an online business, I quit 4 jobs all at the same time. I told myself I could do it if I focused and stayed diligent. I moved to Nashville where the cost of living is at least a third of New York City where I was working before. I had money saved up and 2 years of student debt to pay. I just launched my online business 2 weeks ago. The product creation marketing lessons I continue to learn are invaluable. Guys like you, Ferris, Sivers and Mureta just make the lifestyle so tempting. I love working out of coffee shops, friends living rooms, my kitchen, being able to exercise with tons of energy, learn foreign languages, pursue a career as a touring musician and freelance film composer. Once I made the decision to live on my own terms, I started reading the right books and blogs. I am living by the skin of my teeth, and though I’m far from rich, I have catered my lifestyle to me. Now, it’s only a matter of putting in the time, the energy, the emails, the Youtube videos, etc. It’s a scary life not living paycheck to paycheck, but at least I can jump on the longboard in the mid afternoon and not feel like I’m disappointing my boss. I am my boss. Thanks to you and bloggers like you who prove that living and working on your own terms is the right thing to do. Cheers!

    P.S. Today I read a really awakening chapter in Seth Godin’s “The Bootstrapper’s Bible,” which helped me project financial earnings and expenses 9 months into the future. I recommend all entrepreneurs do this. I think that numbers help when making big life decisions.

    Goes like this, list the following:
    Fixed Monthly Expenses (Rent, leases, subscriptions)
    Variable Monthly Expenses (gas, salaries) (3 columns: lowest, highest, average)
    9 Months Projected Expense Total
    Contracted Revenue
    Likely Revenue (Minimum, Expected, Maximum)

    Score Card:
    Cash In This Month
    Cash Out This Month
    Money In the Bank Right Now
    At the current rate, how many months until no cash left

    This puts your time as an entrepreneur into perspective. It gives you a window into when you need to make things really happen. Hope readers find this useful.

  • Carter Thomas Carter Thomas March 13, 2013

    Hey Andrew – that is so awesome man. Thanks for sharing your story. Hearing about other people dropping the hammer and demanding more from life gets me so fired up! I’m sure everyone else would agree. Great advice and points of reference, thanks.

    Carter

  • Stephen March 13, 2013

    Great words. Totally agree. I’m in a similar boat as you. I started as a self-employed SEO Consultant/Internet Marketer and did decent at it. Flipped a site for some coin. And have now moved into app development. We run a remote studio and are doing a couple projects at once for some cool and simple multiplayer games developed on Unity’s backend.

    The biggest challenge I find is getting programmers who stick with the project all the way through. For me, it’s do or die. For them, often it’s a hobby and they are easily sidetracked or distracted. But overall it’s been a great experience. Hoping the 2-3 games we put out this year will start generating some income.

    Thanks for the inspiration and your case studies! They have been most enlightening!

  • Carter Thomas Carter Thomas March 13, 2013

    Hey Stephen – the transition, or whatever you want to call it, can be the toughest part. The more moving parts, the more complicated, especially when it’s people that don’t share your vision. Glad to hear you are taking it in stride. Drop a line when your games come out!

    Carter

  • Jake March 13, 2013

    Carter!!! Man this conversation has added another dimension to my thought process.

    I’m 2 months into development into my first App, going against all advice I’m starting relatively big $15,000 half funded by me, half funder by people within my network. I look at this singular app as a business not an app… there is so much more value in what I’m creating than the simple functionality that it provides. Launching in July this year, quiting my job in June to pump up the PR and build startegic alliances!

    Reading the correspondance here, has reconfirmed my desire and lit a fire up under my arse! I’m as confident as ever!

    Cheers Man – Jake

  • Carter Thomas Carter Thomas March 13, 2013

    Hey Jake – great news man. Partnerships make a huge difference in this (or any) industry. The fire is contagious!

    Carter

  • Simas March 13, 2013

    Hey Carter!

    I needed to hear that from someone like you! THANKS TO YOU, and for the guy that asked you! It is so nice to have the ability to take advice from someone who is realy sincere and doesn’t just want to make money from you. You are one of the very few people that I can honestly say, I trust. I think this post is what will help me to move from the dead spot that I have been in for the past few months now.

    Wish you all the best with your business and everything else!

    Simas

  • Carter Thomas Carter Thomas March 13, 2013

    Hey Simas – I’m glad I have your respect. It’s a hard thing to have on the internet these days, so it means a lot. Being dead in the water is where pretty much all of us have been at one point or another. It’s one of the negatives that amazing technology, convenience, and all that other stuff has given to us. Getting back to what makes us all human is when you unlock the true firepower and your potential. Stay the course!

    Carter

  • Chris March 13, 2013

    Awesome stuff. It’s so hard to get out of your own way.

    I get totally fixated on the vision of a successful future. I keep a piece of paper in my wallet that has the number of dollars I want to make in a year written on it. I tell everyone about my dreams as if they’ve already happened. I tell myself that my successes have already happened and I’m just living in the past. My wife thinks I’m crazy but she enjoys her new car. Belief in yourself is everything.

    If you are patient and can learn from your mistakes you simply will not fail. It’s a shame that more people don’t realize that. It’s so dam liberating when you do.

    Thanks for posting!

  • Carter Thomas Carter Thomas March 13, 2013

    Hey Chris – what’s even more awesome than what you wrote is the fact that I know it’s all real having worked with you back in the good old days. It seems like every time we talk your biggest hiccup is that you’re growing too fast – the product of big visions and powerful execution. Failure is a farce. Catch you soon.

    Carter

  • Andrew March 13, 2013

    Hey Carter,

    Just wanted to thank you for continuing to blog. I know it’s tempting to sit back and take it easy after such huge success and one could even self indulge and become self centered. You’ve done neither man and I completely respect and appreciate that!

    I might add from my experience the biggest fear was not a fear of failure when contemplating leaving my job, but the fear of not being told what to do. For me the fear of having to take responsibility for the outcome of my actions was the greatest obstacle to overcome. Once that fear is overcome I think a human being becomes unstoppable.

    I get a whole extra half a day of energy to do stuff (like build apps) everyday because I don’t waste it worrying about “will I fail?”. The answer may be yes, but it doesn’t effect me, I don’t hold back anymore.

    Finally about Unity from your other post. Hell yeah I love it to, just had my first app on unity go live and can honestly say it’s worth the extra learning!

    Andrew.

  • Carter Thomas Carter Thomas March 13, 2013

    It’s amazing what gets opened up when you stop worrying about what might happen. I remember a while back I was talking about how “stressed” I was, then went through my web history and realized how much f***ing time I was wasting. Total self-fulfilling. Couldn’t agree more about being and feeling unstoppable when you conquer it. It’s like Neo in the last scene of the first Matrix when he does that crazy ninja shit like it’s nothing (woah – geek reference).

    And I’ll be posting a lot. Like I mentioned in that video I put up last week, my journey is at a point where I want to share as much as I can and support people to kick some ass. I think Freud put it best – “The recipe for happiness: work and love.”

    Carter

  • Alex March 13, 2013

    Neat post! Possibly one of the bravest topics I’ve ever seen in your blog, also the life story of your experiences is something I can intensely relate to. Reading the post at first seemed to make me think a lot about walking either the path to security or the path to personal success (by success, I mean doing things that allow you to live on your terms and be smart about it). My concern is the environment in how you work. I am always under the impression that when you work in a startup or corporate firm there will be people to work with and interact in person, not online. But for indie solopreneurs, what kinds of social aspects could you get or figure out how to get?

    Also from what Andrew said, I agree that taking initiative is the hardest part of entrepreneurship. We all seem to care about doing what we’re told to do because we know the (predictable) consequences of doing what we’re told. But the challenge that closely relates to this is making decisions – good or bad – because either way you get something out of it. If you overcome that fear you may also free yourself. I think that’s a form of self-discipline, and that self-discipline can bring the potential leadership coming out of you.

  • Carter Thomas Carter Thomas March 13, 2013

    Hey Alex, good question. I’m actually a lot more social now that I’m on my own. I find that working in an office, especially when there are a lot of employees, people don’t talk about creative stuff. They talk about their own lives, problems, office politics, and priorities that affect only themselves in the near future that are done simply because someone else said it needs to be done. Fuck that man. Talking isn’t being social, engaging is. Connecting and really communicating. People only do that when it’s about shit they care about.

    Now I get to meet with TONS of people in all walks of life and talk about topics that we find interesting. We don’t talk about problems, we talk about solutions. I’m able to be active on social networks and talk to people online. I go out for coffee or lunch almost every day with someone new so that I can hear about what they’re doing, whether it be apps or education or non-profits or financial investment. It’s all good.

    There’s also the whole co-working thing that’s happening. I know that’s more of a city phenomenon, but it doesn’t mean you can’t start your own. I work at co-working spots every once in a while and meet lots of new people who are just doing cool stuff. Some aren’t (haha) but that’s cool too in a weird way.

    I think leadership training is the #1 ROI anyone can invest in. Programs like Outward Bound and NOLS are so epic – they focus on crushing fear. You’re dead on about it being self-discipline. It’s not easy and takes a lot of work. Realizing that it’s not a one time decision can be difficult. After 3 weeks of trying to make it all happen yourself, it can be exhausting. Hopefully thats what blog posts and social networks can help with 🙂

    Thanks for posting. Carter

  • Rob McCrady March 14, 2013

    Awesome advice, Carter ur a Rockstar!

  • Carter Thomas Carter Thomas March 14, 2013

    Thanks Rob – means a lot coming from you. Keep it up!

    Carter

  • June March 14, 2013

    I wrote a post with exactly the same message as this, just few days before I received this via email subscription!

    I resigned from a decent MNC job, which has a clear career path leading to senior management. I was a Hi-Po so things were going really smooth over the years I was there. Still I choose to quit. Can’t agree more that it’s about life.

    When I quit last Dec, I had no connection in startups or technical people. I studied philosophy and worked in logistics. I moved alone to Shanghai and start absolutely everything from scratch. In less then 3 months, I found my tech co-founder and we already made some sales.

    Really, if you aren’t satisfied with your current status, you really have to change. I didn’t have any idea what exactly I was looking for when I resigned and came to Shanghai. A job? An investor? A tech co-founder? I tried to get everything possible – then I turned down two job offers and one investment offer because those are not what I want now.

  • Carter Thomas Carter Thomas March 14, 2013

    Hey June – that’s awesome, thanks for sharing. I’ll check out your post. That’s bad ass to do what you did, congrats. You’re so right about being satisfied about your current status. I think deep down everyone knows if it’s the right fit. Going with your gut is always the best move. No one every regrets going with their intuition, people always seem to regret decisions when they justified it with analysis. Funny how that works.

    Carter

  • Lat March 14, 2013

    Hey Carter,

    Thanks so much for blogging and sharing. It was heartwarming to read of your journey…as the journey continues. It makes me feel all fired up and newly encouraged!

  • Carter Thomas Carter Thomas March 14, 2013

    Thanks Lat. I’m glad you got the fire!

  • Tina Pruitt March 14, 2013

    Love this share Carter! This is the first post I have commented on, and I was in need of hearing your words this week (rough one!). That said, my first game should be submitted to Apple by weeks end – YAY!!! My next one should be submitted next week. Finally. For me, the biggest struggle has been me getting out of my own damn way…

    Thanks for all you do….seriously powerful.

    So glad we met in that lunch line at Paradise Point in Dec…and I plan on staying in touch from here forward!

    Chat soon….Tina 🙂

  • Carter Thomas Carter Thomas March 14, 2013

    Good to hear from you Tina! I am also glad we ran into each other in that lunch line. Congrats on your app submission!! That’s a huge step, the first of many I know you will be taking 🙂 Keep in touch.

    Carter

  • Mbada March 14, 2013

    We have nothing to fear but fear itself

  • Mbada March 14, 2013

    The mobile frenzy is just coming to life in my country. End of 2011 when i was thinking of what direction to head in 2012, I had a dream. It was of mobile apps revolving around the globe and they where placed in my hands. Right then i knew it were i must head. Its something that runs deep in my veins. It makes me alive, no confusion, no indecision i just know inately thats it and guess what the doors keep opening

  • Carter Thomas Carter Thomas March 14, 2013

    Hey Mbada – hell yeah man. When you feel it that deeply, you’re destined for greatness. No barriers, no stopping. Rock and roll.

  • Adarsh Menon March 14, 2013

    Great post! I can see both aspects of quitting your job. On the one hand you don’t want to lose the safety net of a stable income.

    However in my case I found myself too relaxed when I had backup income, to take my app business seriously. It was only when I quit my job and suddenly didn’t have money to pay my bills, that I then had the motivation to put in the required work to develop my app business.

    I’m happy to say that that hard work paid off for me, and I’ve been jobless for a few years now!

  • Carter Thomas Carter Thomas March 14, 2013

    Hey Adarsh – YES! That’s right on. Urgency is an under appreciated form of motivation and hell yeah for dropping it all and driving hard to the hoop. I remember the first time I saw Fight Club I finally realized what it means to give up everything in order to unleash your real potential. Even now I really only own a bed, a few drawers of clothing, a laptop and monitor. I live in a small room with a room mate. I honestly don’t give a shit about lots of money because I have found so much more happiness in giving things away than acquiring them. It’s all about putting yourself in a situation where there are no distractions and only one option – fucking crushing it.

    Carter

  • Brian C March 14, 2013

    Carter

    Just got my patent filed. Step 1 complete. Working on marketing video, funding, then game development. Last time we exchanged emails you said you were moving into bigger games. How are those projects going?

  • Carter Thomas Carter Thomas March 14, 2013

    Hey Brian – glad to hear you are making moves. The new projects are going well. I can safely say that we are only at the beginning of this mobile craze. I’m learning more than I ever thought about analytics and user engagement. I’ll be posting a lot more about it once I get my projects really cruising.

    Carter

  • Sophie March 14, 2013

    “Its also easy to feel like you’re watching the mobile gold rush happen and you’re standing on the sidelines while everyone else gets rich. I can assure you that being successful is not about “hitting the bubble” at the right time. Successful people can do it in any economy, in any industry, any time.”

    – awesome man! So many people close thier eyes to these things because of timing. Anotrher great post 🙂

  • Carter Thomas Carter Thomas March 14, 2013

    Thanks Sopie! And congrats on your recent successes, that is bad ass. I love how amped and positive you are. Awesome!

  • Judy Wong Dobberpuhl March 14, 2013

    Thank you so much Carter Thomas for the continued inspiration! Love your blogs and appreciate you being so gracious with your knowledge!

  • Carter Thomas Carter Thomas March 14, 2013

    Thanks Judy! You’re a staple in the app world and keeping it positive. Thanks for all that you do.

    Carter

  • JC Schnabl March 14, 2013

    Carter, I just wanted to echo the sentiment of many others here. Your story is not the inspiration. The inspiration is your willingness to share your story and paint a step-by-step process for others to achieve their own success – and then cheer them along the way as they take that journey.

    You are a remarkable young man.

    JC

  • Carter Thomas Carter Thomas March 14, 2013

    Hey JC – thanks man. That really means a lot. Beyond apps, beyond money, beyond all the shit that we all have to do in our lives, I think it’s important to remember that we’re all in this together, you know? There isn’t a very good reason why not to help each other out. We each get one shot – let’s work together to make it the best one possible.

    Carter

  • Rosemary Breen March 16, 2013

    Thanks Carter for the reminder of time passing. It is so easy to wallow in the miasma of indecision and inaction. We’ve all been there. But when we take one step every day in the direction of our goals, soon we find the steps getting quicker and we grow wings.

    Great post Cater.

    Cheers
    Rosemary

  • Chun March 23, 2013

    This is a very inspirational post. I didn’t exactly quit my job. My contract with the firm is expiring the end of the month. I was thinking about going into app development head-on afterwards except that my (first) app that was launched in the app store last month is basically not being download at all despite it is free. My heart just sank. Just then I stumbled upon your blog. It provided me a very insightful and different approach to app development that I had not thought of before.

    Thanks Carter.
    Chun

  • anish March 24, 2013

    its really a good experience to read the following matter that you have stated but its so true that we feel happy to quit the job if its not up to the mark…
    willing to switch in new sectors would be enjoyed always….

  • anish March 24, 2013

    waiting for new stories that you have experienced which could help me……
    and ya would like to be a part and share all your positive thoughts…..
    give some guidance if i need it…

    waiting for your reply dear

  • Sathish Krishana March 27, 2013

    Carter,

    Thanks for this amazing post and thanks to Chad (APP Empire) who forwarded this post to me. I read the Slight Edge recently and was putting the effort and submitted my first app to apple store but got rejected last week and I was feeling frustrated.

    Great Advice: Goal is not to get RICH, but to get SMART, Learn to be Successful than to make money on apps, Opposite of fear is faith.
    Above all: only thing stopping me from getting what I want in life is myself

    Thanks a Ton and Have a colorful day (Its Holi – festival of colors in India today)
    Sathish K

  • John April 20, 2013

    I bought my first app on Apptopia for $700, bought 1 license for Avalanche Mountain and 3 for Hobbit Jetpack. Going to upload the app I bought and hire my first 2-3 developers this weekend. I’m excited to get going at this and can’t wait to quit my job and do this full-time.

    That said, I wanted to quit my job at the end of May, but I’ve thought of another reason not to jump the gun on that: the working capital requirement. It sounds like you can reliably make a 50% return in 33 days, which amounts to more like 60 days from when you first hire a developer to reskin. So invest 10k, get 15k two months later. But with living expenses of (very roughly) 2500 a month, this means I need 15k to start with, and then I only break even. So really need 20k in seed money before I can pay my living expenses and also invest enough to grow my money.

    The 50% return is just a guess based on the examples you’ve given, and the 60 day payback period may be a bit high since the returns come day by day and not all at the end, and the developer isn’t paid all up front. But anyway, sounds like you need somewhere between ten and twenty thousand in startup money before quitting your job. So I’m investing six or seven to start with, to test the waters, but quitting my job probably won’t happen until at least July even if everything goes well.

  • John April 24, 2013

    Just awesome. Truly inspirational.

  • Amir May 18, 2013

    Hi Carter,

    Thanks for this post. It moved me really. I’m really inspired with your post.

    I just wanted to share a bit of my story here. I’m 24. I quit my job when I was 21. I was a tech support rep for an ISP back then for like 3 years. That time I actually made a big decision because I can’t actually live and pay my bills if I won’t make it work. I actually decided to be a freelancer, I do HR, I do VA, I do Data Entry, I actually tried almost everything I know about computer and how I can work with it then landed on a Designing and Development career after a couple of months trying to find where to place myself to earn a living. (Well just enough to get on day to day). But it was fulfilling because I don’t have a boss that sits beside me watch over my work minute by minute, I don’t pressure myself as much as I do inside an office environment coz I’m just working at home. 2 years and I was able to give something to me and got married. I was able to get a loan for a house and a small car and received a big deal in developing mobile sites. It worked out fine for 3 months then those f*****s just walked away leaving me with like $12k debts. So it literally broke me down leaving nothing to get on day to day to support myself and my wife.

    You’re right life has its ups and downs and I got a bit of my Ups and a bit of my Downs already. So Yes I didn’t stop trying to find ways to get my feet up the ground and start all over again. You know, trying to focus on my debts won’t do me any good it will just give me stress. I focused on the positive site that I believe I have skills that I can get on with and work with to support my day to day living. I did it little by little and one guy just sends me an email referring someone who want’s to do business on mobile.

    At first I really doubted it because one of the biggest downfall in my life came from building mobile sites. But I look to the positive side and decided to contact him. Now I’m happy to say that I’ve taken the risk and this guy I’ve met is helping me get up. He’s older than me so I listened to him and his advice and I got that eagerness in me to build apps for mobile and his financial support to get me going. I’ve partnered with him and now starting this venture.

    Your blog post serves as one of my inspiration to get on with this big thing, to get SUCCESS in life. I’m actually looking forward for a better and brighter future with this after those downfalls and I believe I can do it.

    So I can suggest to others who’s feeling the same to give it a shot. Don’t hesitate in believing in yourself you can do something.

    Cheers mate!

  • David Macchione June 5, 2013

    Hey Carter,
    I have a small Social Media Management startup and my story sounds alot like the one you shared. I am young, ambitious, and in WAY over my head. I had that same do or die moment. I had done SMM before on a much smaller ‘hey my kid knows how to…’ type of scale but i knew I had a knack for marketing and computers. After a lost job and a few failures I just got pissed. Now I am dedicated and have realized that my goal now is to learn ASAP before I miss the wave. I’ve enrolled in SMMU and Purchased Hootsuite Pro and Hootsuite University. I also do coursework on Udacity.com. I dont know much code but I do know programming function and reasoning.

    My question to you is… How did you fast track your learning after you quit your job?
    What tools did you use? Who did you talk to? What was your schedule? What kept that drive in you?

    I have about 5-6 clients now and I still feel shaken every time I get a complaint about my services for any reason. I wonder am I really going to make it? Am I in over my head?
    My credit is in the toilet and so is my checking account. Do you think that my life is too unstable for a start-up?

  • Molly July 12, 2013

    Carter-
    First things first, I have never posted on a blog before…lol But I must tell you I have been so inspired. Here’s my story. I am 30 yrs old and have accomplished pretty much nothing that I have wanted to so far. I make a minimal salary as a medical biller and coder of around 40k per year. This is suppose to support a husband and 4 small children. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. I am not really a computer guru but I can get around a little. Back in 2001 I took a years worth of Cisco computer networking classes because I wanted to be an Net Admin. Well got pregnant and my whole story changed. Times were very hard then. Now that I am a little older and a little wiser…..and I stress a little wiser…lol I feel like its time for a change. My husband and I love our smartphones. We are always saying we could create this or we could create that but never knew what it took. He is addicted to this poker app on his phone which got me thinking after we had spent so much money paying for extras. How many people really download and pay for apps or IAP’s? Could this make us money or even extra money on the side? So I started just googling things about making an app and ran across several of your blogs. I love your outlook on life and want to have the same philosophies. So I am brand new at all this and I don’t know where to start or even what I need or how much money I need to get started. All I do know is that I am a fighter and I wont give up. I am doing this for myself and my family. We deserve more because we work hard and don’t want to see it any other way. Any advise you could give me on which direction to go would be wonderful. I saw one bog where it mentioned to possibly hire a developer but I was unsure of that direction. Thanks and happy trails 🙂

  • Steven Le December 3, 2013

    It’s very inspirational to see stories like yours. I recently quit my job as was told by pretty much everyone that it was a terrible decision. I quit anyway. I decided that because my quitting didn’t effect anyone but myself, I should make the decision. I’ve never been better off. Finances are sorted, I’m able to do what I love and I’m finally enjoying life!

  • Josue MOlina May 5, 2014

    Right on the money.

  • Vance Marcos August 3, 2014

    I have a mobile app idea that I got the wheels turning on bringing it to life. I hired Zapparoo to help me develop my idea. I know for fact that my idea is original and there’s nothing like it yet. And I know it could bring in a lot of money. But now, I’m not very happy how everything is playing out with Zapparoo. As far communication goes and it’s clarity. A complete understanding of what is it I paid for by sending them my money etc. hopefully you can answer my questions and help me find some hope in Zapparoo or another company who has the professionalism and expertise that I so very need to develop my “golden idea”.

    Unemployed but in Paradise…Vance Marcos

  • Stasha February 20, 2015

    One day everyone on this blog should become successful!! That would be awesome and powerful. Thanks for this, looking forward to tomorrow’s gift

  • Katherine June 9, 2015

    yes almost launching a new idea, business ready to getting my feet and heart into the success of all things many years I have stalled this to happen because life itself was full of obstacles. Now with some professional help I am hoping this is the way to expand my dream to reality….great inspiring message through here I loved it all. Wishing everyone a life chance saying if you want it, it will come to you never quit even though it can take its toll on time…if its meant to be it will cherish when it needs to be, never give up on a dream you can create and benefit from in an awesome way for the better., remember its yours to keep and grow with it is a gift from you know who….for me remember the words Master Puzz a game to be on the Apps….anyone who can help me here please do….

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