I posted a version of this on my Facebook page yesterday and wanted to share it with readers here, especially those who have been with me since the eBay days.
For the past seven years, I’ve taught at a fantastic high school and coached the most talented students you’ll ever meet on our Speech Team. During that time, my other interests also took off. My website, with the help of Patheos, got much bigger than I ever expected. I helped launch a non-profit that is doing incredible work. I wrote my second book and want to explore that world even more. I began filming videos for what has become a popular YouTube channel. And while I’ve said no to several other projects for the sake of time, it’s come to the point where I can’t juggle everything anymore. Something has to give.
So a couple of days ago, I submitted my resignation to the school.
As much as I love being in the classroom, the opportunities online are just a lot greater right now, and I don’t want to have any regrets down the road about not taking this chance while I have it. My wife and family support what I’m doing, and I’m very excited — maybe a little nervous — about what lies ahead. (If the school allows me, I’ll still be coaching Speech in some capacity, but I won’t know if that’s a possibility for a few more weeks.)
I’ve seen a lot of people I admire step away from wonderful traditional jobs in recent years in order to try something new online. After spending years building my own platform, I feel confident that I can do the same thing.