Career change is scary

Lindsey (badass full-stack engineer/Hack Reactor alum whose career path I'm basically copying) and I had a genuinely fun time talking to students about how to kickstart their career search on the Udacity channel today. In other news, I still cannot adequately describe how to use Twitter. #Imightnotbeyoung

Here's a sample personal inventory/career research spreadsheet (I reference this in the presentation) that maps pretty closely to what I did 2 years ago when I decided to quit my pretty-damn-good government job on the chance that I could achieve something greater.  

Doing this session today made me sit back and reflect on how scary it was back then (and still is now) to stretch yourself for something that you really don't know you'll achieve. I'm so glad I took the risk, as disheartening and sucky as it was at times (as an aside, moving back in with your parents and waking up on your 30th birthday in your childhood trundle bed is not something I recommend to anyone, ever). Because, with the exception of the Rapid Ramen Cooker, the greatest rewards in life don't come by just doing what's easy.