Today, I quit my day job ......

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  1. Graeme Hird

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    Well, I finally did what I've been threatening to do for the last two years: I quit my day job. I'm now devoting the majority of my working hours to the success of my current gallery and to opening the next one in Perth (Australia) by September.

    That's not to say I've given up my career in professional geology all-together, but I'll be relying on it much less than I was yesterday. However, now I've got the freedom and time to make my passion for photography into my new career. It's a scary thought, but also very exciting.

    How do you jump for joy and tremble in trepidation at the same time? :smile:


    Cheers,
    Graeme
     
  2. David H. Bebbington

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    Best of luck, Graeme!
     
  3. naturephoto1

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    Graeme,

    As a non practicing geologist and now photographer, good luck. :smile:

    Rich
     
  4. Graeme Hird

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    Thanks very much for the wishes. I know it's going to take much more hard work than good luck to become successful, but I'm ready to give it a try.

    Thanks,
    Graeme
     
  5. Paul Sorensen

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    I wonder how many of us are out here? I guess it is a stretch to call me any kind of geologist, but it was my college major oh so many years ago. :D

    Oh, and good luck Graeme!
     
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    Well Paul,

    I did receive Grad degrees in both Geology and in Zoology/Ecology. I did work as a geologist as an environmental consultant for 8 years. I have been out of the field for the last 10 years (as a photographer) but still maintain my PG license (but boy and I rusty).

    Rich
     
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    Good on you Graeme!! I'll see you in October.
     
  8. Donald Miller

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    Good luck Graeme....I applaud you for going where your passion lies...
     
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    No guts, no glory...and that took guts!

    Murray
     
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    Seconded. Here's wishing you plenty of glory to go with 'em!

    Every success, Graeme.

    All the best,

    Frank
     
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    Congrats!

    And you have the added advantage in that on those days where being your own boss makes you want to hit your head against a rock, you'll even know what kind of rock it is!
     
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    A big congrats Graeme! It is a bit terrifying at first but well worth it. Some of the phrases you may hear over the next few months: "gosh you look completely different now, like a dark cloud is no longer hanging over you" or "well, I must say you seem miles better now", and my wife said, "I've got my Sean back". It's easy to get stuck into something for years and become so busy and emotionally unavailble to all around you that it destroys who you are as a person. Best of luck!

    Sean
     
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    Another former geologist here as well. Degree in geology and then 4 years working as a geophysicist in the oil industry. Stopped in 1989 though!

    Best of luck Graeme -- hope it goes well. Scary!!

    Cheers

    Mike
     
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    Dear Graeme,

    I went freelance almost 25 years ago.

    The big disadvantage is that the boss is an unforgiving bastard...

    Even so, I don't regret it.

    Cheers,

    Roger (www.rogerandfrances.com)
     
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    You really shouldn't talk about your wife like that!! :wink: :wink:

    Cheers

    Mike
     
  17. David A. Goldfarb

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    Good luck Graeme! It's a bold move.
     
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    Good luck Graeme. It's rare to find that combination of passion and career. I hope you will find it.

    Regards, Art.
     
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    Best of luck Graeme!

    Like that Elvis song "You've gotta follow that dream, wherever that dream may lead"

    Regards
    Glenn
     
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    Graeme

    Good luck. I am sure you have what it takes

    Phill
     
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    All I can do is to echo everybody else's best wishes.
    Way to go Graeme!

    Cheers
     
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    What mark said...

    plus an obligatory:

    You go boy!
     
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    Congratulations,

    and

    cheers...now

    pour your self a big one


    "on the rocks"!
     
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    WHAT.

    Are you crazy?




    Michael
     
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    Best of luck to you. I wish you hard work and success.
     
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    Go get 'em Graeme! I dropped the "day job" 18 years ago and haven't looked back since. It won't be easy, but you'll feel a whole lot more alive.

    All the Best,

    Bill