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I Quit: Our First Birthday + A Note For Entrepreneurs

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A year ago I quit my job and started Three Ears Media. That sentence makes it all sound so simple but
 

Katrina's Letter Of The Week

March 1 · Issue #49 · View online
Every week, I'll write you a letter. A letter about anything, really. My goal is just to make you think. Then, I handpick 3 ideas and posts you'll love (and learn from).

A year ago I quit my job and started Three Ears Media.
That sentence makes it all sound so simple but thinking back to that time, it was anything but easy. I was caregiving for a sick parent who literally could not sleep or eat without supervision. On top of that stress, I was utterly lost in the world of work. I felt broken, honestly. As a daughter, a partner, and a writer.
Then one day after a particularly harsh conversation with my manager, I decided I was done. I remember the moment I said it out loud for the first time. “I’m quitting, and I’m starting my own company.” I was excited. Mostly panicked. But once I said it, I couldn’t go back. That overwhelming sense of relief at even the idea of ending this constant turmoil was too good. 
I didn’t realize at the time but now I know, I would not have survived another year if I went back to lying every day. I couldn’t make myself be happy just because some job paid me enough to smile through the bullshit. Three Ears Media didn’t just save my life, it unexpectedly and fundamentally changed who I am. It has been life altering. 
So to those of you considering your own business or already in the middle of this rollercoaster ride, remember this. Prepare your mind and your world for a fundamental shift - mostly in the direction of joy. Be open to falling in love with the problems and evolving the answers you’ve always thought were true. 
This week, I wrote about the problem I love to solve after I applied for a job: how we should meet a candidate’s motivation with a compelling story that connects with their passion.  I’m also sharing 2 posts about passion and work - one about how work has failed us from Anna Ott and another from Dawn Burke on an event that I know will remind you exactly why you do this hiring thing.
Have a great weekend and thanks for coming along on this ride.
Katrina Kibben
CEO, Three Ears Media
katrina@threeearsmedia.com

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