maren kate donovan As I taxi’d into New York City, watching the landscape unfold in front of me, I had the realization that I’ve been trying to get here my whole life. From being born outside of Dallas, to growing up in the soul withering heat of Vegas… deep down I was crawling my way towards America’s Mecca.

I have arrived. In style? Not really. Am I staying at the best hotels? No. I’m still bootstrapping baby. Am I more positive about my future and the future of Zirtual than ever before? Ab-so-freakin’-lutely.

I haven’t gotten far mind you… I really has explored maybe 6 city blocks in Chelsea… but’s it’s raining and I ducked into a cafe to get some work done. I am here for a combination of business and pleasure. My first visit to New York is coinciding with an amazing time in my business—and I can’t think of a better way to express that excitement than to document it here—on my trusty blog.

We now have a small high school worth of ZAs working for amazing clients spread all around the World. I am more convinced than ever before that starting this business was not only the right thing, but what I was meant to do. Never underestimate the pure bliss of creating jobs for hard working people and knowing that your company and culture makes a positive effect on their everyday lives. It is unreal.

I’m going to blog while I’m here and share what I’m learning, what I’ve learned and hopeful inspire someone to break free from the monotony of working a job they hate and take the risk to start their own thing.

I promise you—it is the most fulfilling thing in the world, possibly up there next to finding your soulmate and having children.

I also want to cover what Escaping the 9 to 5 has come to mean. I know I used to talk about creating passive sources of income (many moons ago) and working 4 hours a week (copying T.F. of course) and how that was the ultimate way to “Escape the 9 to 5″. But four years later I realize that Escaping the 9 to 5 just means getting out of the rut of doing what you do not love—and instead transitioning to a place where you chase your wildest dreams, work ridiculously hard and achieve whatever it is you set your mind to, with a little luck and a lot of persistence.

Random Asides:

  • The picture above is of my INCREDIBLY tiny room at a cute little hotel in Chelsea.
  • My only knowledge of NYC is through Sex and the City and Law and Order. Because of this I am dressed like a kook from the 90s—what Carrie wore is no longer fashionable fyi—and keep going around the city saying things like “In New York’s war on crime…” and “duh duh”. I really, really want to stumble upon a crew filming L&O, I would pretty much die of happiness.
  • The key they gave me at the front counter doubles as brass knuckles—so watch out!
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  • http://purepassive.com/ Danny

    “Am I more positive about my future and the future of Zirtual than ever before? Ab-so-freakin’-lutely.”

    Awesome! I love your attitude. Living the good life baby :)

  • http://www.internetbusinessgeneration.com/ Pierre

    NYC is awesome! 

    Yeah, I’ve also found the “4 hour” week allusive myself. But I still believe the ultimate prize can’t be to work more than one enjoys life and family/friendships. Working hard for a season? Sure! But no one every says they wished they’d worked more in their life, as they lie on their deathbed. 

    Trip to liberty island is a must. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/tayloramurphy1 Taylor Murphy

    I read this two days ago and only now did I realize that you had Ninja-ed my brain. The time-bomb that was planted was the sentence about your realization of what Escaping the 9 to 5 really is…

    That, coupled with Ramit Sethi’s recent post on passive income, made me realize that it’s not that I’m averse to doing work (which I thought for the longest time. I couldn’t figure out if I was lazy or it was something else…). It’s that I’m averse to doing work that I don’t love! My desire to escape my current situation is caused by a lack of satisfaction with the work and the environment, not the fact that I’m physically working.

    This realization is helping me to adjust my goals from the work only 4 hours per week mentality to building a lifestyle where I love and believe in the work that i’m doing. Maybe it seems like a subtle difference, but for me it’s been a huge growth off the plateau I’ve been on. Thanks!

  • MatthewGaitan

    I just found your blog re: escapingthe9to5.  There is so much that speaks to me when it comes to working for yourself. I have been in sales now for 6 years working for 2 companies, and I am not even close to where I want to be financially. I turned 31 this year and feel that the next decade of my life will be the most critical in deciding whether I stay unhappy in my career, or move to work independently for myself. Of all the comments I’ve perused here, it seems that passion is almost developed for A-typical people when you are put in a position where failure is not an option. I have never been able to pinpoint what my passion is and I’m envious of those already know what theirs is. I am not passionate about my job, but don’t know where to look to find what my passion is.

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  • Cynw10

    Dontchaya just love, love, LOVE it?!?  I heard a line in a movie once – ‘New York is the center of everything’ and I most certainly agree – I love San Francisco and Los Angeles but there is no city as dramatic as New York.  Enjoy!  PS – are you staying at The Jane?  I’ve heard it’s fabulous for people on a budget.

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