Yesterday was my last day at howies.
It was my choice to leave.
It was a hard thing to do and easy thing to do.
The morale of the story is simple.
If you find something you love, you should never sell your love.
When other people own your dream, destiny is no longer in your hands.
And yes, leaving the company I helped to start is super-painful.
But pain makes for a good teacher if you listen to what it is telling you.
It teaches you what is important to you. And what is not.
So from this day forward howies will begin to appear in my rear-view mirror.
At the same time I will be sitting in my shed with Sonny (my dog) working away on the future.
Keeping me company will be the knowledge that Patagonia was not Yvon’s first company, Esprit was not Doug’s first company, and Steve Jobs got sacked from Apple.
For me those are good role models to have in the shed with you.
Luckily for howies Clare is staying. She will be the soul-keeper now.
And lastly, I just wanted to say thank you to you.
It’s been fun working for you.
At an appropriate time, I will write a magazine article telling you all the behind the scenes bits that made me decide to leave.