Back in 2006 I stood and stared at a wall of messages at the first ever Rails Conf in Chicago. Someone had put up one of those sticky backed large pieces of paper (think huge sticky-note) and put some messages on it “Need help, $80 p/hr”, “CTO Needed” and so forth. Within hours there were a dozen of them full of writing. I knew it was time to create something.
I had been struggling because I worked for a company I loved, but the travel was too much (I was on a plane every Monday returning home on Fridays). I looked around my town and realized that if I was going to want to work somewhere I was going to need to create it. That is when serendipity stepped in as I was pointed towards Ken Barker, a man who had also been inspired at the same conference.
Who knew that six and a half years later we would be where we are today. Over the years we have grown to deliver some of the most incredible training and exceptional software we could imagine. We have built a team that I could not be more proud of. Last year we had the pleasure of joining forces with some of the best minds in our industry to form the powerhouse that is Neo.
Three years ago Ken and I both read a book that had a profound impact on each of us, The E-Myth Revisited. We then set out on a new mission, make sure this incredible company we had created would last beyond either one of us. We did it.
I could not be more proud of where the company is. I’m happy with the new life it has taken as part of Neo. I’m excited to see where it will head next. My leaving is not a reflection of a weakness at the company, its just the opposite: a reflection of just how strong I think they are.
Over the past year I’ve discovered just how much I had wrapped my own identity into the wonderful thing I had helped create. I realized just how unhealthy this had become. So it is time for me to connect with a much healthier identity. For lack of a better cliche, its time to find myself.
- Do not try and create something else yet
- Write a shitload of code because I miss doing it
- Pair with as many people as I can
- Play with my kids a lot
- Smile more
- Look at my phone a lot less
- Finish learning to play the guitar
I’m definitely going to keep my eyes and ears open. You never know what might be around the corner. For now though I’ve got a few years of sleep to catch up on and some kids that I’m dying to go play with.