“Sometimes you gotta say ‘What the f***,’ make your move.” – Miles, Risky Business

A few weeks ago, I left Fox Business, where I’d written two columns every week since 2012. I had a great run there – loved the people, the support and the editorial freedom – but there had been a lot of changes, the folks who brought me on are long since gone and the situation just wasn’t working for me anymore.

It’s not the first time I quit a profitable gig and faced the great unknown, and I doubt it’ll be the last. Sure, I’ve left a lot of dough on the table, but what’s more important, money or happiness and fulfillment? Sometimes, you’ve just got to say “WTF,” do what seems right to you and have faith that everything will work out in the end. So far, it always has, and I’ve been around a long time.

Of course, I am considering other “columnist” opportunities, but in the mean time, it’s good to have a break, chill out and catch up on stuff around my property. I also have more time to work on a new book project (more on this later) and to blog here. If you’re a fan of my writing and haven’t subscribed yet, now’s the time. You’ll get a morning email with the day’s post and that’s it. No ads or spam; promise. Just scroll down and you’ll see the “never miss a post” sign-up box.

  • BigGameHunter

    Good move and good for you. Please pardon this boring story about me, but I just wanted to underscore that your thinking implies risk but most likely a sense of confidence that will over-power any risk. I was a VP & CMO of a Fortune 50. Packed up my desk and intentionally de-stabilized myself by quitting. Could have cruised to retirement. The very day that I walked out, I called a senior friend and told him that I hit the road. He was elated, but when he asked what I was going to do (thinking I had signed on with a bigger and better company), I said I didn’t know. At that point there was a long pause on his end. He asked: “Do you know what you just did”? “No” was my answer, and his reply was “You just broke the first rule of good whorehouse management; you shot the piano player without having another one lined up”. That generated a long pause on my end before telling him that I will figure things out. That was 17 years ago. I am sure your move will lead to even greater things in business and maybe even trying to win the “Husband of the Year Award” by catching up on all that work around the house. I have tried to win, but my bride told me that the contestant cannot vote. So, I am routing for you to win if it cannot be me!!!

    • SamHanson

      Thank you for sharing!
      I’m doing a leap of faith, moving to a new country and Steve’s latest post as well as yours are very helpful. Thanks!

      • LeviMeow

        Definately move to a different country. I did this and was able to do things that I never thought I could. I became a teacher for kids and also ended up at the G20 meeting in Turkey – This had never even crossed my mind before. I also did roles that I had never done before and I was pretty good with them. Moving overseas forces you to push yourself because if you can’t do it you have no back-up. But still take as much money as you can with you, research the cost of living in the country you are going to and also if you have relatives or friends contact them and maybe stay with them for a small while. Maybe first go for a holiday to the country you are planning on moving to. If you have doubts just push yourself to do it. Time is short, life is short and the world, especially Europe is a wonderful place.

    • Steve Tobak

      That was hilarious. Hate to disappoint you, but I’m actually a spectacularly lousy husband. Way too much water under the bridge to reverse course, at this point. As an old friend (an investment banker) once put it, “the balance on your marriage account is so in the red you will never, ever recover.”

  • LeviMeow

    All the best mate! I love the way you explain things! I recently read that intelligent people swear a lot and also are messy.

    I would say “f**** it” or “f**** this sh!t” and move on 🙂 I’m going through something similar (albeit on a smaller scale to you and I am in no way comparing myself to you). I’m 36 and am full of regrets. I regret studying law as it wasted some time because if I used the time to work it would have been better. I regret not furthering my career in IT. I regret not going to the high school valedictory dinner.

    I want to leave my so so paying role for a small distributor in Turkey and want to spend time on some internet business ideas I have. I have been trying to do it while working but I can’t give my potential endevours what they deserve. I have fear and also am worried of my abilities. I am trying to learn the traits entrepreneurs have, and my current job has provided some insight… essentially they never give up, try to make a gain out of a bad situation, even if it is little and try to solve problems from different angles and they try to force suppliers, employees and others to do difficult things and favours (not sure if this is a good thing).

    So I am not sure when I can say WTF (or f*** this sh!t) and build the intestinal fortitude and grow some testicles. Maybe the fear of having regrets on my deathbed would help?

    • Steve Tobak

      Teddy Barnes: Did your mother ever wash your mouth out with soap and water?
      Sam Ransom: Yeah, but it didn’t do any fucking good.
      – from the movie Jagged Edge

      On a slightly more serious note, I think you maybe worry and regret way, way too much. Everything you do is experience that teaches you lessons that make you smarter and stronger … but only if you pay attention. Worry and regret keeps you from paying attention.

      • LeviMeow

        Thanks very much for you reply sir.