Rediscovering My PASSION

Last week I publicly announced I was quitting my job as Digital Marketing Evangelist at Marketo … without a new job lined up … and without an idea of what I wanted to do next. I needed to rediscover my passion.

Moments after sharing the news with the world, my life changed. My inbox, phone, IM, and every social media channel absolutely blew up. I could not keep up with people contacting me offering me a job. It was Out. Of. Control.

Or not.

Sure, I received lots of encouraging comments on my Facebook post when I announced. And yeah, a boatload of “likes” from yesterday’s “Officially unemployed. Time to rediscover my PASSION.” update. But I have not been inundated with people reaching out to me.

And that’s a good thing. A very very good thing.

As I mentioned in the May 29 post,

I need some time to clear my head. I need some time to really think. I need some time to re-discover my passion, re-discover what I really love work-wise and where I want my career to go. I need some time to exercise, to cook, and to spend quality time with my family. I need time to figure out what’s next.

8 days after making my news public, I’m ready to rediscover my PASSION. Today is Day 1.

I’m not the kind of person who sits around doing nothing. I tackle life with 100% of my energy. Day 1 of #RediscoverMyPassion is no different. (Yes, I just hashtagged that. Yes, I love hashtags. Yes, I know it’s a bit odd. No, I will not apologize for it. Ha!). I woke up at 5:45 this morning. I was wide awake (Ok. To be fair, our dog woke me up). Either way, I was up. I had breakfast. I played with my kids. I had a real conversation with my wife. I then dropped my kids off at school at 7:45 – the earliest time in months – and rushed back to the house.

It’s time to rediscover my passion and I can’t wait to get started.

So What Happens Now?

I started today with getting back to the one thing I know I love – recording episodes of The Work Talk Show with my buddy Nick Westergaard. We chatted it up with Beverly Flaxington and Simon T. Bailey. I have a prep call for a conference I’m speaking at in San Diego in a few weeks. Then, I’m going to go on a run. I mean, it’s never too late to train for this race, right?

Then, it’s time to tackle the items on my list. Yeah, I’m a list guy. I started a “Finding My Passion” Evernote list about a week ago.

The categories are as follows:

  • Non-Work Things To Do – A big list which includes things like going to a weekday A’s game with my 4-year old, running, helping our contractor demo our downstairs bathroom, and brewing beer. Basically, all of the things I have wanted to do but keep making excuses not to. No more excuses!
  • People To Meet With / Call – I have 2 G+ chats, 3 Skype video calls, an 4 in-person meetings set up for next week already. No job interviews. Just … conversations.
  • Ideas To Explore – This list is a bit shorter, but has “big rock” items on it including … wait for it … writing a book, filming a documentary, starting a video site, and more. Scary, yet exciting stuff!
  • Next Job Ideas – This is my “brainstorm” list of things I *think* I want my next job to include. Still very much a work in progress.
  • Companies  Nothing concrete here AT ALL. Merely a short list of companies who have caught my eye for some reason or another.
  • Articles to Read / Videos to Watch – This list includes anything from Steve Jobs 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech to an Atlantic article on teaching kids to daydream.

My goals over the next few weeks/months? Have fun. Open my mind. Rediscover my passion. And keep working at it until I’m happy.


Thank for reading. Thanks for following along. Thanks for believing in me.

More … soon.


"...I had breakfast. I played with my kids. I had a real conversation with my wife. I then dropped my kids off at school at 7:45 – the earliest time in months". Sometimes THIS is what it's all about. Great to connect with you DJ and I can't wait to grab that beer or coffee soon. 


Hey DJ, excited about your journey. Rock it... and let the rest of us know when you discover the meaning of life/universe etc.!


I love that you are sharing this journey with us so candidly. You are probably sick of hearing me say it but YOU. ARE. AN. INSPIRATION. :) #RediscoverMyPassion


I like that you're giving yourself time to not think about it just as "what's my next job." That's huge.... so many good things come out of asking "what if none of the things have to be the way I think they are?"

Looking forward to hanging out Monday, too (realized I forgot to add video, just resent).