The first day of Spring 2012, that was Tuesday 20th of March because 2012 is a leap year, I resigned from work.

It’s not just resigning from a company.
I’m resigning from the rat race, the corporate lifestyle, the investors logic, the work for someone else interests, the trap of the high salary, the safety of being employee, the comfort of doing what you know you’re good at, the tax advantages for expats in Holland.

In 9 days will disappear the Daniele 12-years of experience IT consultant, pluri-certified network security expert, 3000$/day consultant, high-frequent traveler.

I decided to turn page and be a self-employed man, to dedicate my time to Internet businesses and the other things I love to do.

You may think: it’s risky, it’s global economic end-of-the-World recession, I should have wait longer, I should feel lucky to have a good job and so on and so forth (if you have more please tell me in a comment).

Whatever you think: you’re most likely right and I know it already. Thanks!

But I resigned the first day of Spring 2012 and my last working day will be the 30th April, that ironically coincide with the biggest national holiday here in Netherlands: Queen’s Day.

I’ll put an orange t-shirt to celebrate in the streets of Amsterdam with millions of people – not the Queen, but my new freedom.

After a long long long time thinking I took the decision to resign on a Monday.
But when the day arrived, the doubts were all over me: “am I rushing it? shall I wait? am I crazy?” so I chose to wait few more days.
But life sent me a clear signal by e-mail: my manager was about to be out of office for 2 weeks, and my reaction was the very thing that convinced me to quit.

I reacted to that e-mail with something like “WHAAAAAT?!? I CAN’T WAIT 2 WEEKS!”.
That was the sign for me. My emotional reaction was so strong that I understood I was ready. I could not ignore myself.
So I wrote the “We gotta talk” message that was the beginning of the end.
I handed in my resignation via Skype as my company believes in remote working and we always use this instrument to communicate and to make $$$.

After I communicated my decision, I entered in a state of shock for a few days.
I was not sure if I really did it or not, and the day after I had to check the Sent Mail folder to double-check that I really did sent the resignation letter. It was there.

Looking backwards in the last 2,5 years I can now connect the dots, like Steve Jobs had explain in his renowned Stanford speech.
Below the video with the excerpt, it’s just 26 seconds:

I can now clearly see the path I followed.

I’ll talk about the path another time, now I really have to enjoy the last 9 days 🙂

I resigned! 9 working days left
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Written by Daniele
Hi, I’m Daniele! In April 2012 I quit my full-time IT job to pursue entrepreneurship and a location independent lifestyle.