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How To Quit Your Job by Scott Curry

How To Quit Your Job

This week I did something terrifying for the first time in my life: I quit my job. 

This is/was my first “big boy” job with a salary, benefits, and all of that. Even quitting serving jobs was never easy, so how the hell was I supposed to not have a panic attack before/during/after putting in my notice?

The company I’m leaving has been working closely with a business veteran who specializes in being a badass. Not only is she one of the most business savvy people I’ve ever met, she’s also incredibly caring and compassionate. So naturally, I went to her for guidance, and this is what she told me. 

1. Don’t Apologize

It’s hard to think that you’re not going to upset people by leaving your job – and I’m sure you will – but you should never apologize. (This one was hard for me.)

Chances are, you are taking a new position to continue growing in the direction that’s right for you. The money and the perks are probably better, sure, but growth is equally (if not more) important. 

People come and go, and businesses adapt. There’s genuinely nothing to apologize for. I’m not sorry for leaving. I’m actually really, really excited for the new chapter. 

2. Keep It Positive

I’m not your everyday Negative Nancy by far, but I’ll be damned if I’m not a people pleaser. I try to keep everything as neutral as possible in hopes of keeping emotions low, when it fact, I should be focusing on the positive. 

Sure, you leaving creates some gaps, but it’s more exciting than anything else. And the position you’re leaving helped prepare you for your path forward. 

So just remember. This is all very positive, so keep it positive. 

3. Stay Strong, Don’t Compromise

Like I’ve said, you’re going somewhere for a reason. And chances are, you might be offered an incentive or two for staying. 

These offers will be enticing, yes, but the purpose of finding a new job is to take off in a new direction, not the same one with a different set of glasses on. 

4. Keep Secrets

It’s not so much that you need to keep secrets, but it is absolutely within your rights to keep some information private until you are ready to share. 

No matter what anyone says, it is not important for your current company to know where you are going, what the pay difference is, what the new company does, or the new perks involved. 
This one is easier said that done, but please have faith knowing that it truly is 1000% acceptable to keep some information to yourself.

Just keep reminding yourself and whoever is asking that the decision has been made, and you are moving forward in your career. (And remember not to apologize along the way.)

5. Give Credit Where Credit Is Due

One tactic that helped me stay positive was giving credit where credit was due. 

“The bad news is that I have accepted a position at a new company. The good news is that it better aligns with my career path, and it would have absolutely not been possible without this opportunity and all of your help along the way.”

That’s nearly verbatim how I handled it. 

6. Keep Your Head In The Game Until The Game is Over

It’s going to be easy to mentally check out while you round out your final days / weeks. 

You have to not do that. You owe a lot to your current position, even if it was just the paycheck that kept you going. 

But you gotta keep your head in the game until the end. You owe your company and the person(s) fulfilling your role that respect. Don’t leave anyone hanging. 

(And trust me. Your two weeks will go by MUCH faster this way.)

Whew

So that’s how I quit my job. I’m not sorry. And I’m extremely excited for this new chapter in my life. 

What about you? Have you ever had a GOOD experience with quitting a job?

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Journeys


The part of me that has always craved adventure has been mingling with my newfound yearning for “home.”

With “home” comes a new appreciation for just sitting still and being stagnant, which is all very new and unusual to me. 

I get buzzed off of adventure, a weird fuzzy high, to the point where I often can’t remember the little details.  The general perceptions and feelings stick with me, but images — of the fields and mountains and lakes and rivers and rapids — rarely stick. I try to freeze them, to lock them in, in hopes of storing them until I need to escape, but alas.

And as I grow older, I realize it’s more the journey I crave than the adventure itself. The high I get will always be great, but the journey gives so much more to me.

I’m not concerned about remembering the minor details of every journey. I capture what I can with my camera, and the rest of the time I keep my eyes and ears wide open. It’s the lessons and the conversations I’m after. It’s the connections with the locals they help make the experience. 

Adventures create stories you’ll want to tell over and over again, like the time we surprise road tripped from LA to San Francisco or when we randomly played frisbee in a parking lot with Young the Giant until 3 a.m. 

Adventures keep you young. Journeys help you grow. 

Journeys are for your soul. Sure, they create stories and can be an adventure in and of themselves, but mostly they are for you and you alone. Like getting away to Michigan for the weekend with some close friends. Leaving the itineraries behind, the goal is to relax and experience. The goal is to sit still somewhere else. 

On journeys, you always know you’ll be coming back home. 
As I get older, the difference between adventures and journeys become more and more clear. They don’t mean the same to me anymore, and that is perfectly fine. 

I learn. I grow. I find peace. I willingly come back home.

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Top Songs from 2015 – Scottify Playlist

Ahhhh, yes. Another year is coming to a close. And what a good one it was.

It knew it was going to be one for the books, but I didn’t realize that I would end up: winning an award from Adobe, buying a house, playing Dungeons & Dragons, adopting my first kitten, traveling to Canada, starting a YouTube channel, or launching an online store. What a whirlwind. What an adventure it has been, for sure.

Most importantly, there was a ton of really great music in 2015. Troye Sivan dropped his first full-length album. Sia destroyed our ears with so many incredible singles. Ciara dropped her first post-baby album (she’s a bad motha-f***a). Justin Bieber showed the world his naked body softer side on his new album. MISSY ELLIOTT returned to forgive us of our sins with a kickass single. Florence + The Machine gave us the album we’ve been begging for for years. And Carly Rae Jepson slayyyed the world with her third studio album, which kicks off with my #1 song of the year. *weeping emoji*

With so much amazing music, the universe basically forced me to compile a list of my favorite songs that were released this year. Feel free to swoon and/or dance.

Scottify Playlist after the jump!

  1. Run Away With Me – Carly Rae Jepsen
  2. King – Years & Years
  3. Alive – Sia
  4. WILD – Troye Sivan
  5. Magnets – Disclosure & Lorde
  6. I Bet (R3hab Remix) – Ciara
  7. Running With The Wolves – AURORA
  8. Body Talk – Foxes
  9. Papercut – Zedd & Troye Sivan
  10. Back and Forth – Giorgia Moroder & Kelis
  11. Sun is Shining – Axwell^Ingrosso
  12. What Do You Mean? – Justin Bieber
  13. Worship – Years & Years
  14. WTF (Where They From) – Missy Elliott & Pharrell
  15. Confident – Demi Lovato
  16. Wait For Life – Emile Haynie & Lana Del Rey
  17. Weight In Gold – Gallant
  18. Delilah – Florence + The Machine
  19. Blue – Marina and The Diamonds

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ABCs of Pop Diva Singles

One of the 89752345908 why I love Patrick is because we play ridiculous games with each other, often times resulting in one (or both of us) doing something completely ridiculous and embarrassing for a good laugh.

So the other day we were laying around, and we started playing the ABC game. We would give each other topics, and we’d have to come up with a relevant, alphabetical list to go along with the topic. For instance, the first topic I gave him was Pokemon. So he had to rapid-fire name a Pokemon for each letter of the alphabet. Pretty easy, right?

After going back and forth several time (it’s harder than you think), he threw a doosie at me.

“ABCs of Pop Diva Singles. GO.”

At first I thought it was going to be cake; HOWEVER, not as easy as it sounds. Q? X? Z?

I eventually got *most* of them with a little help (Hey, Jackson!), and naturally I had to make a Scottify playlist.

Take a listen and follow along on Spotify. Then let me know in the comments of this post how I did. Am I missing any essential pop diva jams?

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3 Ways to Conquer Today

3 Ways to Conquer Today

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I used to have a lot of bad days. Probably more bad than good. So over the last few years (with the help of some incredible friends) I’ve learned that to conquer my day, I wake up every morning and decide to kick the day’s ass. It’s not as easy as it sounds, but I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve.

Step 1 – Decide to Kick Today’s Ass

The best untapped resource for having better days is unleashing the powerful potential of a positive mind. By ‘positive’ I don’t necessarily mean you have to be one of those people who is perpetually perky. That sounds exhausting. I just mean you have to set a clear goal for the kind of day you want to have and do whatever it takes to get you there.

Here’s a little trick I use: every morning my friend Lauren and I text each other and ask, “how are you going to conquer today?”

Our responses may not always be 100% realistic (re: “I’m literally taking over Seattle today.”), but it sets our hearts and minds in motion and on the right paths.

Step 2 – Never. Get. Angry.

My secret to not getting angry (ever) is simply to realize that anger is a useless emotion. Nothing good ever comes from being angry. Passion? Absolutely! But anger? No way.

Does that make you a little angry? I’ve worked in my fair share of shitty environments, and lord knows I’ve been let down by friends more times than I can count. The trick is to teach yourself to understand situations for what they are immediately as they occur. Then you just have to respond appropriately.

This especially rings true in regards to arguments. Anger has no place in an arguments or any form of discourse. The purpose of these conversations is not to declare a winner or to prove someone right/wrong. It’s to make all parties reach a clear understanding of all perspectives in order to make a logical decision or outcome.

You can take that wisdom to the bank.

Step 3 – Don’t Take ‘NO’ For An Answer

One of the greatest strengths anyone can have is confidence. If you are sure of what you want and confident in a positive outcome, don’t let anyone tell you no!

Don’t get me wrong, there is a clear difference between confidence and entitlement. You have to own your decisions & stand behind them 100%, as long as you know your actions will positively (a/e)ffect everyone involved.

BONUS TIP – Be a Human Being

I get down a lot because of the way humans treat other humans. I am far from perfect, but I strive to see everyone on this planet as a human being. Everyone I meet & everyone I see on the streets are all human beings. And it literally makes me sick to my stomach to know that a lot of people don’t respect that. People who you disagree with you are humans. People you don’t understand are humans (pro-tip: try to understand them). Even people who don’t see you as a human and rigorously try to take away your rights and force their skewed opinions on us are human beings. It’s not our job to condemn. But as human beings, it is our job to respect and try to help others understand.

We all have bad days. We’re human. It happens. We get kicked around, we get beaten down. Most of the time we feel we don’t have control over instances that set our days up to fail. But ultimately we have the power within ourselves to turn our days completely around.


YOUR TURN: What sort of things do you do to overcome bad days? And how are you going to conquer today? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so take a second or five to let me know in the comments below. 🙂

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Confessions of a Womanizer

My experience with being a womanizer was exhausting, to say the least.

We have all gone through our fair share of “WHAT was I thinking??” moments. Hopefully you’ve made it through that phase like I have, but that doesn’t make it any easier to look back and just… well… laugh.

If you’ve got a spare 5 minutes to spare, I would love to share with you my embarrassing stories from when I used to date girls. Watch my video above, and make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel. I promise you won’t regret it. 🙂

ALSO, if you haven’t heard: I’m going back to school this fall, and I need YOUR help to tackle this journey. To pay for school I have opened an online shop, full with handmade goods (like Indiana-shaped pillows), and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to my tuition. It’s an opportunity you literally can’t afford to pass up!

Thank you SO MUCH for watching/reading. I will see you all soon!

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Open For Business!

Hi, everyone!

So, over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been telling you that I have some exciting news to share with you, and the time has finally come!!!

As of this moment, I am opening an ONLINE SHOP filled with handmade goods that have been made by yours truly. I’ve been working so hard for so long, and I am SO excited to share this with you!

Besides the fact that all of my items are handmade, what makes my shop unique is that ALL proceeds are going DIRECTLY to help me finish school!

As most of you already know, after taking 4 years off, I am finally going back to school to finish my degree. I have been accepted into my dream program at Indiana Wesleyan University, and I am SO excited to finally finish this chapter of my life!

So head on over to my shop to see what kind of goodies I have waiting for you, and be sure to check back often as I add more and more awesome items for you to enjoy!

I can not thank you all enough for this opportunity to share my hardwork and creativity with you, and I’m excited for you all to be a part of this journey with me.

Seriously, thank you SO much!

Always,

Scott

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