I wrote this blog 1 month before everything closed down due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Timing is so weird sometimes. If i had stayed on until May, as I had originally planned, I probably would have never made the jump into following my dream. I'm so glad I quit and hope i can inspire others to take that leap of faith and bet on themselves!
Have you ever felt you were living your life base on everyone else’s opinion of what you should do but your own?
After working for TNS for 8 year I had come into my own. I was pressing myself to make a 6-figure income for the first time in my life; but towards the middle of 2019 I had what I can only explain was a panic attack. I was under a lot of stress and thoughts of suicide where popping up out of nowhere. I knew i had brought it all on myself by taking on too much and focusing solely on the money.
Making the decision to leave a steady job was not easy. It wasn’t a decision I took lightly. It took a few months and several heart felt conversations for me to realize that I wasn’t happy and needed to make a change. I’m very fortune to have a very support family, network of friends and coworkers. When I told everyone, I wanted to quit and start my own business in the gaming industry, I received nothing but encouragement.
Playing video games and helping people makes me happy. For a long time, I felt like I couldn't confide in people that I play video games for fear of judgement. It wasn't until I realized that this was taking me further away from happiness that I started to make a change. I've embraced my nerdiness and haven’t looked back.
I’ve started a new journey as an entrepreneur. I created my own company in my spare time back in 2018. In March of 2020 I jumped in head first and went full time and launched Nrding! My efforts will be focused on building the brand and developing services to provide better engagement for gamers and streamers.