10 New Reasons You Have To Quit Your Job In 2017

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I knew when they said, “Come in for the meeting” I was dead.

I said, “Can we meet at a cafe?”

“No. Come in.” I was fired. And humiliated. And had to clean up and walk out. Nobody said goodbye. I had nothing to do and no plans,

The guy who fired me is dead now. Life is short.

I feel like every time I have a job, something is taken from me. Something that was once special. And I never found them again.

When you’re dead, nobody will care how many hours you put in at the office.


It seems like every year I write a “10 reasons to quit your job this year.” But there are different reasons. The reasons are adding up.

We all quit our farms 400 years ago to have apprenticeships. We all quit the apprenticeships to work in the factories. And we quit the factories to join the cubicle army of Corporatism of the 20th Century.

When I graduated college, corporatism was supposed to protect me.

Feed me, give me meaningful work, help me improve, and then lightly drift me to shore in a safe suburb, happy and content.

And then corporatism died.

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The reasons why you should quit are also the reasons why things are going to get a lot better. I’ll get to that…

10 REASONS YOU NEED TO QUIT YOUR JOB THIS YEAR

A) SALARIES ARE DISAPPEARING

Average income for people ages 18-35 has gone from $36,000 to $33,000 since 1992.

This is not political There was a Democrat, a Republican, a Democrat, and now a Republican.

This trend is not going away.

 

B) 94% OF ALL NEW JOBS CREATED IN THE PAST TEN YEARS ARE PART-TIME OR FREELANCE

If you want, I put together something to help you take advantage of this trend…

It’s called “How To Make $2k In A Weekend” and it’s only $7. Which is a crazy price for my full blueprint on how to make money on the side…fast.  

You can get it here, it’s your choice but I hope you at least look at it.

Because every time someone writes a line of software, a job is lost.

This is not a bad thing or a good thing. It’s just a fact. An example: when the Internet was created, you no longer needed programmers to write “networking” code. People even forget what that is.

When digital music started, music stores died.

Robin Chase, founder of Zipcar, told me, “When self-driving cars are everywhere, 90% of the auto industry will disappear.”

With 90% of the auto industry gone, the car insurance industry will disappear. The oil industry will turn upside down. The real estate industry will change. And so on.

 

C) PRODUCTIVITY IS FOR ROBOTS

Amazon is building a new store: when you walk in, your phone beeps.

When you pick up a book and put it in your basket, your phone notices. When you walk out of the store, your phone logs into your account in Amazon and buys the books in your basket.

That’s every store. And then maybe every restaurant.

Where will the cashiers go?

I ask economists. Technologists. Billionaires. And cashiers. I asked a billionaire and a cashier yesterday (two different people. It would be funny if the cashier was also a billionaire).

The billionaire said, “I don’t know.”

The cashier said, “Well, the networks will still need people to maintain them for that store.”

Not one store, I said. What happens when there are 1 million stores and you don’t need to need add more people to maintain the networks.

The cashier said, “I don’t know. I hope I’m dead by then.”

 

D) THE GREAT KNOWLEDGE HANDOFF

Humans are handing computers the keys to our lives.

Why trust a human doctor when my toilet can run genetic tests, blood tests, brain tests, tests that haven’t been invented yet and use AI to diagnose me.

Then prescribe medication. Then check up on me every day when I sit in my chair that has all the circuitry to analyze every electric signal in my body.

Or JP Morgan has just outsourced hundreds of legal decisions to AI. Why talk to a lawyer when AI has 10,000s of legal precedents it can go through in a micro-second.

But can AI do that?

10 years ago, AI couldn’t recognize your face.

Now if you turn your face into a 100 piece jigsaw puzzle, scramble it, put it in a blurry picture of a full stadium, and Facebook will still ask you, “Do you want to tag James Altucher in this picture?”

Data and AI know the human world better than we do.

Goodbye 90% of lawyers, doctors, pharmacists, programmers.

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E) THE ILLUSION OF PASSION

But what about the arts?

In 1994 I interviewed a professor of music, David Cope, from UC Santa Cruz for Mondo 2000, a magazine which no longer exists. (Magazines only exist now is small pamphlets).

David wrote software that even then would make classical music compositions. They were good then.

I looked up what he is up to now.

He couldn’t get a record label to produce his music. So he did a test: would classical experts tried to tell the difference between his software’s compositions and Mozart.

Not only could they not tell the difference, they thought his compositions were more beautiful.

What is beauty without soul?

It’s a poetic question but it has a pragmatic answer: it’s the music written by David Cope’s computer program.

 

F) THE ACCESS ECONOMY ==> WHAT WILL HAPPEN?

When I spoke to Chip Conley, head of Hospitality at Airbnb, he used one phrase which changed my opinion on the entire economy.

“Nobody is sharing,” he said, “It’s not the sharing economy. It’s the Access Economy.”

This is the business model of every business in the access economy:

1) Some people have an excess of an item (e.g. empty rooms, empty car seats, etc).

2) Some people want access to that excess.

3) And then there is a platform in the middle to help with discovery, transactions, problems, mediation, etc (Airbnb, Uber, etc).

If you brainstorm where there is excess in your life (even an excess of knowledge that others might not have) you can create a business in this model.

Economics Lesson: What happens when people have access to things they never had access to before?

Supply goes up. Demand remains basically the same.

So Economics 101. Price eventually goes down. Which means deflation for the first time in 100 years.

Warren Buffett once said that deflation is the worst thing that can happen to the economy.

If prices fall, people wait until they get even lower, so demand goes down, so prices fall more. So less jobs are needed, so less people have money, and then demand goes down even more while supply gets higher than ever.

So prices go even lower.

Death spiral.

Elon Musk recently addressed this. He said we might need UBI: “Universal Basic Income” for everyone to handle the economic collapse that will result.

Maybe. Who knows? Nobody knows.

 

G) YOUR BOSS HAS TO FIRE YOU

If you create $1 in value, and you have a boss, who has a boss, who has a boss, who has a board, who has shareholders….then how much of that dollar do you get to keep?

Well, now we know the answer. In the 1960s, a CEO might make five times the average employee.

Now a CEO makes 200 times the average employee. The answer: you get none of the dollar and the CEO gets all of it.

And what is that dollar? It’s money you created for the company. More of it should be yours. But every day less of it is yours.

Who will get fired first? The slave drivers or the slaves?

We know the answer. Executives took billions of dollars in bonuses when the banks got $600 billion in bailout money from the US government in 2009.

And everyone else got fired.

This is not a political opinion. Or a suggestion on how things could have been different.

But it’s this: now we know the answer.

 

H) YOU DON’T NEED THE JOB TO BE HAPPY

Depression is highest in fully employed, first world countries. The two highest countries for depression? France and the United States.

We simply were not made to work 60 hours a week. Archaeologists figure that our paleo ancestors “worked” maybe 12 hours a week.

And then they would play, in order to keep up the skills needed to hunt and forage, etc.

Why is work depressing? Not all of these reasons but maybe some of them.

  • Being bossed around by people we don’t respect.
  • Being forced to be friends just because they share our cubicle walls and hear all of our whispered pleadings with romantic partners as we try to be as quiet as possible.
  • Meetings
  • Seeing the 80/20 rule in action where 20% of the employees create 80% of the value and the other 80% just barely (desperately, fearfully) survive.
  • Being mandated by an 800 page guidebook how you can talk to people of the opposite sex or of different skin colors.
  • Seeing corporate political agendas rule over financial realities and not being able to say anything about it for fear of being fired.
  • Spending 6am to 7pm getting ready for work, commuting to work, working, commuting back, too tired to move when you return home.
  • Falling in love, getting rejected, and seeing her every day and then crying in my cubicle.

Or maybe that last one was just me. A lot of crying.

Jobs are not so great. And they cause a lot of suffering. And you don’t really need them. Bear with me.

 

I) YOU WERE MEANT FOR SOMETHING ELSE

I needed to find out what I truly loved doing.

For awhile I did it. But then I got scared. I had a mortgage. I had two kids. I had people who depended on me. And I was afraid of slipping back in lifestyle.

It took me a long time to “right” myself. To give myself permission to say, “my hands were meant for something else, my life can have a larger purpose than I originally thought.”

It was every day reminding myself of this. It was every day trying to sneak in moments of creativity. And of purpose.

A job might be that higher purpose. But, as seen above, it’s not so clear. And things are changing.

It’s not whether you chose to change. Things ARE changing and it’s how we deal with it.

At my worst moments I would get so depressed I couldn’t get out of bed to get ready for work. And that was with a job I actually liked. It was worse with other jobs.

All I knew for myself is that I wanted to jump out of bed excited every morning.

And a job wasn’t doing it for me. And I had to figure out what would.

 

J) JOB WON’T CREATE WELL-BEING. BUT THIS WILL:

And this will help you to find the things you are passionate about. And how to make money from them.

This is not the how-to. This is the direction.

Every day improve: 

  • Relationships
  • Competence
  • Freedom

Taking small steps in each of the above allows you to still make a living while we live in “The Shift” but get your Evil Plans ready for when it happens.

Every day write down the things that excited you as a kid, and still excite you now. First steps to try to engage in them.

Many people say, “But I can’t do both.” They insist on their prison cells!

Rule #1: When confronted with two choices: do both. There’s always a way to take the first step in a side idea.

Always have an EVIL PLAN.

Every day list ten possible evil plans. Give it six months of doing that every day.

Consulting you can do, a gig you can do, take online courses and build skills, think of books to write, or businesses to build.

Skills and ideas are the new currency. Not certificates and titles.

I had to learn how to start trusting myself again. That I had it inside me to fulfill my dreams, to find the things I love, to do them. This is what I meant by “choose yourself”.

You do your job. AND you do your evil plan. The evil plan will win in the long run.

You won’t quit your job and find the answer from a single bullet point. No one article will tell you the destination. But it can tell you the direction.


The exact reasons that you need to quit your job, are the reasons you will find new opportunities that will be more exciting than ever before.

Technology is made FOR you. But only if you choose to use it.

There’s more opportunities to create side opportunities than ever before. There’s more ways to express your visions than ever before. There are more ways to “have a purpose” than ever before.

Just by reading this, you are ready for it. I’m not trying to convince you of anything. 

But your hands were made to create. Do it.

  • Angie Clark

    You’ve made a lot of strong points. I love the statement “productivity is for robots”! Truth. Computer-generated music is horrifying though. Muzak of the apocalypse. I’m gonna keep marching to the beat of a real taiko drummer.

  • hw

    I admire how you can relate to readers through your writing! Skills and ideas are the new currency like you said but corp jobs provide a “sense of security” no matter how fake the security and no matter how much you hate the job, fearing the unknown, fear that you don’t have what it takes to pave your own path and reinvent yourself prevents people like me from going for it. Daymond John’s book – “power of broke” reflects on how starting with nothing can be a source of power.

  • Dan Laub

    “Skills and ideas are the new currency. Not certificates and titles.”

    So VERY true.

    • I’ve profited 104,000 thousand dollars in last twelve months by working on-line from my house a­n­d I manage to do it by working part-time for several hours /daily. I used a business model I stumbled upon online and I am so excited that i earned such great money. It’s very beginner-friendly a­­n­­d I’m just so blessed that i found this. Here is what i did… http://jump.wtf/d1vcRy2

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  • Hi James, Robert Theobald predicted this scene more than fifty years ago. His opinion: It was obvious that technology was being created to reduce human drudgery. That the people being replaced should be paid for the machines doing work on their behalf… not shareholders. And that the single most limiting idea of our time is that work and income must be related.

  • Ted Scarborough

    I’ve read about every post you’ve written for five years or so. I understand and know you are correct, yet I have not started. I guess it is fear causing me to hide behind “I don’t know what to do.” All I know is time keeps marching by. Lord knows you’ve done your part in trying to convince us all. Thank you.

    • I got paid 104 thousand dollars in last 12 months by freelancing online a­­n­­d I was able to do it by working in my own time for few h each day. I followed a money making model I found on-line and I am excited that i earned so much money. It’s really user friendly and I’m just so happy that I found out about it. Here is what i did… http://easyurl.net/a8081

    • I’m not sure what it is that you do for a living. But I’ve actually done a lot of stuff James talks about. I was actually sitting in a weekly status meeting at my job at a large university about 9 years ago and got so frustrated with the meeting that I walked back to my desk and wrote my resignation letter. And unlike Leonardo below, I didn’t have to follow a money making model to make six figures last year. It all just takes hard work, a good skill that people need, and faith in yourself.

      HOWEVER, I prepared for that moment to resign with two years of preparation. I saved and worked at night doing the type of work I knew I wanted to be doing.

      It was the best decision I ever made. But I do have to say that it took about two years to pull it off.

  • zara

    Wow, James! Amazing post, I needed this right now! I am linking this to my teenage son who thinks he is useless so that he can hear it from someone other than his mum that we are enslaved and have to realise it. Unfortunately, when you realise it it gets tougher because you don’t buy the lie and you know you are being slave driven.
    Yes even a highly qualified experienced, specialised professional will be slave driven by some dumb fool who ass licked their way to slave Driverdom and will micromanage your every move in an attempt to feel more worthy than they know you are!
    I am preparing to break those chains, James, thank you for the inspiration!

  • Kevin Conklin

    I have been at the same place of work for almost 20 years. Before I took the job I had started my own consultancy. I took the job for security. The place has grown tremendously and I have essentially spent years building someone else’s business making them incredibly wealthy. And I have come to the conclusion now that I don’t even like the industry.

    Nothing is ever certain, but in hindsight I could have spent those years doing that for myself. And so against the “better judgement” of “experts”, I am jumping off the cliff. Cutting back on lifestyle and resigning my position. It’s time to put myself first.

    These posts have not convinced me to do this, it has been many frustrating years in the making. And it took a lot of guts to overcome the fear, and break away from the comfort and security of the job.

    Action expresses priorities.
    – Gandhi

  • Trevor Pirtle

    Yo James, when I tweeted this, no thumbnail auto-populated…

    It looks like this: http://i.imgur.com/H5AcvWo.png

    It’d look much nice if an image came up when your articles are shared on Twitter (same result with other articles).

  • Russell Lobo

    “The guy who fired me is dead now.” – Don’t mess with Don Altucher ;)

  • Ysabel Cousino

    Dear James, I am 49 years old french single mother (3 teenager kids), and what you describe is just happening to me, i was fired, i was a designer working for an editor who crashed in 2009.
    So I became a web developer I hardly learned php coding, and now it seems like i am free, everyday i cant tell how grateful i feel for this. I hated to work in an office, I hated bosses, I was feeling like I was different, strange compare to others.
    Now people are offering me jobs everyday on my mail. For the first time in my life, I am feeling like normal, in the right place, equal, respected as i respect others,
    I would like to tell all my friends to do so, to quit their “slavery job”,
    Well french people are really stucked into that employee state, less than american, in France we are like around 10 % being independant workers, in America its like 30%.
    Thanks for your support on my way,

    Ysabel

    • Atlas

      Inspiring story Ysabel. How did you learn to become a web developer? Anything in particular you’d recommend?

      • Ysabel Cousino

        Hello Atlas, thanks for your interest ! well I went to it by learning the html, css, javascript and php basics in a school for one year, then I discovered frameworks and cms like wordpress, well there is a lot to do, to go through, but when you understand how a coding language works, you will see its quite the same for others.

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    • CuriousCursor

      Wait, so you ARE working a job and you still think he’s right about quitting your job?

      • Ysabel Cousino

        Youre right, i meant that I choose to be an independant worker after that, every week on my mail, people from Linkedin ask me to be an employee in their society and I say NO, everyday I can make the choice to be an employee or to be a freelance worker… I m not quitting my job, I am choosing every week or day sometimes to be on my way !

        • CuriousCursor

          Oh okay. Everyone in a profession where demand is high (like software) has that choice though. Lots of people are just too lazy or unmotivated to try and improve things for themselves by making a move.

          • Ysabel Cousino

            I have to say that I asked my boss to quit my job in 2011, he said “no”, because he needed me, then 3 monthes later he fired me without a word…. In France we have this wonderful social thing to help people that are fired, and they paid me that school, so this was really helpful to go further.. No people are not lazy, they are scared !

          • CuriousCursor

            Fair, yes, being scared does come from a lot of things. Having people that depend on you would do that as well. That’s nice though, we have severance pay in Canada, not sure if it’s mandatory though.

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    • Agnit Brahma

      Hi Ysabel, I’m really happy to hear about your success. I’m currently in the process of learning web development and it’s always nice to hear other’s positive experiences in the field. Cheers!:)

      • Ysabel Cousino

        Thank you Agnit, wish you the best ! ;)

  • Nuno Lobato l

    Great Post, Been following you for about a year and bought your new book yesterday. I enjoy the way you write, it can be crazy sometimes but it always make laugh while being serious. From Nuno, The Global Connector.

  • Dana Tabb Martin

    Love this post, love your ideas, love you. Would you let me proofread your posts before sending? I love finding mistakes :)

  • Birdfish

    IN MY WORKING DAYS I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE HAD A PAYCHECK JOB.
    BUT NO
    THERE WERE DISCRIMINATIONS
    -RACIAL DISCRIMINATIONS
    -EDUCATION DISCRIMINATIONS
    -EX CON DISCRIMINATIONS
    -MOBILITY DISCRIMINATIONS
    -MEDICAL DISCRIMINATIONS
    -PRO UNION DISCRIMINATIONS
    -AGEISMS
    -ELITISIMS
    -HANDICAP DISCRIMINATIONS
    -ACCOMODATION DISCRIMINATIONS
    -TRANSPORTATIONS DISCRIMINATIONS
    AND MANY MORE

    I CALL IT THE TEN DISCRIMINATIONS.

    SO NO I COULD NOT EVEN GET A PAYCHECK JOB ALL THOSE YEARS
    NOW I AM OLD AND SICK AND ON THE DIALYSIS AND SSI
    WE MUST REMEMBER THE SUFFERINGS OF THE POOR AND DISCRIMINATED
    AND GIVE THEM GENERAL WELFARES LIKE THE CONSTITUTION DEMANDS

    NOTE: I HAVE A HATEFUL CYBER STALKER. HE CAN EVEN SOMEHOW POST WITH MY SAME NAME!!!! PLEASE IGNORE HIS HATEFUL MOCKINGS IF HE COMES

    • Birdfish

      HOWEVER REGARDLESS OF MY STALKER, NO I HAVE NEVER WORKED A JOB OR PAID ANY TAXES IN MY LIFE

      SO WHAT. GETTING THE WELFARES IS MY CHOICE.

      ALL I HAD TO DO WAS MAKE MYSELF VERY HEAVY TO GET THE FATPAY

      I AM 492LBS AND THIS IS MY BUSINESS!!!!!

      PLEASE IGNORE MY CYBER STALKER

      • Birdfish

        NO FAKE BIRDFISH
        I AM NOT 492
        I LOST OVER 30 POUNDS IN THE HOSPITAL!!!!!!!!
        IF I LOSE MORE I WILL BE GETTING CLOSE TO THAT NEW KIDNEY

        • Birdfish

          BUT I STILL GET FATTER AND MORE STINKY

          • Sensitive RAB Guy

            Pics, or I call bullshit

          • Birdfish

            HATESPEAK!!!!!

            I DO NOT DO THE PICS!!!!!!!

            I DO THE WELFARES!!!!!!

          • Birdfish

            NO
            I AM SLIMMING DOWN
            I HAVE TO GET TO 350 TO GET THAT NEW KIDNEY
            AND HEAVY SET FOLKS DONT HAVE SMELLS OR STINKIES
            I SMELL VERY FRESH
            I AM CLEAN

          • Birdfish

            I AM A STINKY WELFARE HOG BEAST

          • Birdfish

            NO
            I SMELL VERY FRESH AND NICE

          • Birdfish

            BUT I STEAL THE WELFARES

          • Birdfish

            I DONT GET THE WELFARES

          • Birdfish

            EVERYTHING I GET IS WELFARE

          • Birdfish

            NO
            JUST A FEW LITTLE PROGRAMS
            NOT TO MUCH

          • Birdfish

            WELL OK LOTS OF HANDOUTS

          • Birdfish

            NO
            A FEW SMALL PROGRAMS HERE AND THERE

          • Birdfish

            EVERYTHING I GET IS FREE WELFARE HANDOUTS

          • Birdfish

            HELPING HANDS IS NOT THE WELFARES

          • Birdfish

            BUT LIFELONG LAZY TAKING IS A PERMANENT WELFARE PIG

          • Birdfish

            NO
            I DONT GET THE WELFARES
            AND NO I AM NOT A BARN PIG DOING THE OINKINGS
            THAT IS HATEFUL MOCKINGS OF THE HEAVY SET

          • Birdfish

            I NEED TO BE FED LIKE A PIG IN THE BARN

            OINK

          • Birdfish

            I AM NOT A PIG
            I DO NOT DO THE OINKINGS
            NO OINKINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • Birdfish

            I FEED ON WELFARE LIKE A HOG IN WELFARE SLOP

          • Birdfish

            NO I AM NOT A HOG
            EATING SLOPS AND OINKING IN THE BARN!!!!!!!!!!!
            NO SLOPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
            NO OINKINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Yuppie Wallet

    Fantastic Insight James. People need to start to realize that the changes to technology are happening so rapidly and that they have NO CHOICE but to focus on a career that they are not only passionate about but that will not be taken away but AI / Automation. Looking forward to some more articles.

  • Rachel Evelyn Nichols

    A little puzzled. What is an EVIL plan? I hope it doesn’t mean swindling a retiree or holding up a store. :)

    • Stimpy

      Nah. Just a plan that doesn’t conform to what your corporate masters have in mind for you.

  • CuriousCursor

    Lol. What kind of bullshit advice is this?

    Title: Reasons to Quit
    Point: You’ll get fired

    “Nobody is sharing,” he said, “It’s not the sharing economy. It’s the Access Economy.”

    Proceeds to give examples of Uber and AirBnB

    Also you keep using that word “slave” without understanding that this isn’t slavery. What black people suffered was slavery and this doesn’t even come anywhere close.

    Find a job you’ll enjoy, then it won’t feel like tedious work and you’ll actually enjoy learning and growing everyday.

  • projectimpossible

    http://idiotimpossible.wixsite.com/projectimposibl/single-post/2017/03/07/POWER-TO-CREATE

    Hello James, I wrote a post where I mentioned you, thanks for the inspiration

  • Autumn McDaniel

    Yes!!! Everyone needs a side gig with the hope (& plan) that side gig becomes the main gig!

  • Mr. Joe

    Yeah blah blah blah, the “millennial dream,” find self employment somehow punching keys on a computer. Well that is still called work. It is ALL still called work including going to school to learn something new that although will get you out of the cubicle you’re STILL WORKING. Work is inescapable in a capitalistic society. There is no avoidance of it. Correct advice: Shut the ___ up, put your head down and stop whining, put in your time, take good care of yourself, enjoy life, adjust your lifestyle to your income, save and then one day you will be free. That is called retirement. Quitting ones job to become inconsistent in income is a nightmare waiting to happen. And to think my father worked his entire life on the assembly line, raised the six of us kids and I’m to think that wasn’t honorable and he was a dumb a__. GTFO. You lazy, spoiled bitc__es looking for the easy way out.

  • Jordan Jacobson

    James,
    You’re not going to read this, so fuck it, I’ll write to myself.

    I just signed my divorce papers today. Yes today, May 5th. I’ve lost 5 jobs in the last 4 years, moved 3 times and my father died two weeks ago.

    I’m working at the soul-sucking job you’ve described in your writing before. But because of you. (Ok, I can’t give you full credit.) Because of me, I’m creating an ‘Evil Plan’.

    This year of our Lord – 2017 – I’m creating multiple streams of income, I’m starting to consult on the side, I’m learning every friggin’ day – podcasts, books like “Choose Yourself” (reading now), DuoLingo to learn Spanish, Tim Ferris and avoiding porn. Not completely succeeding with the last one.

    I’m writing a web series with a partner about two losers from Sunniside, Queens. It’s aptly titled, “Two Losers from Sunniside”… a comedy.

    I’m RE-(accent on the RE) discovering what I LOVE to do. “Wait, toasted or fresh everything bagel?”

    I’m now living on my own for the first time in 23 years. At this point, I’d be ashamed to bring a date back to my apartment. The decor is early American Steampunk meets drunk frat house guy after drinking copious amounts of grain alcohol all night.

    I literally go from feeling like a terrified, thumb-sucking 7 year-old to Tony Stark-quipping genius with ambiguously European-accented women on my arm. (Imaginary women, of course.)

    But I carry on. I do. With the help and inspiration of creators like yourself, James. My foibles, failures (I’ve only been fired from one company I started.), and insecurities, I’m still here. I’m still standing. I’m still.

    So thanks. And even though you’re not reading this, maybe some of your cool fans will. Or not.

    Fuck it.

    Jordan