Giving Notice «


Today I gave notice that my last day at the Washington Post will be February 20. The primary reason is that I need to take time off to help a family member convalesce. I’m not taking a leave of absence because I’ve long wanted to work for myself.

I wasn’t exaggerating when I called the Post my best job. The work is rewarding and my coworkers are excellent. There’s interesting projects in progress or starting soon, but I have to leave. I have projects I need to build because I can’t stop wanting to put my hands on them, I want to earn the rewards of taking my own risks.

There are always going to be good reasons not to work just for myself: personal difficulty, family problems, moving, good work, wanting a bit more savings or surety. Well, the clouds will never part and no voice will ever boom forth that now is the right time. There is no right time, there is only how I choose to spend my time.

I’ll post more in the next few weeks about what I’ll be working on. Please stick around.


  1. I tried working for myself for a year after College. It went pretty well, but I decided to see what it would be like working for some small startup company. The biggest problem I had while working for myself is keeping myself motivated. Often times I would start thinking too hard a question my business plans. Think about building a safety net of people who will help motivate you and trust that your business plans are sound.

  2. Looking forward to hearing about your upcoming projects, good luck!

  3. I’m breaking my usual rule of not posting to your web site because I want to offer public notice of how proud I am of you. I fully support your decision. You are right. There is never a perfect time. Your success will be all the sweeter for the struggles to achieve it. And, I am sure you will be successful.

    Love, Dad

  4. Kudos! And congratulations! I wish I had the guts to do the same thing! I have so many things I want to do. Perhaps some day…

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