A New Chapter

Photo by Jen Wojcik

Photo by Jen Wojcik

Almost exactly three years ago, right before I turned 25, I quit my corporate job.

I left it to go work with Corbett Barr at what was then called Think Traffic, and what eventually became Fizzle. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made in my entire life.

It enabled my wife and I to travel, move to San Diego, meet hundreds of entrepreneurs working on businesses they care about, and I got to help build an amazing (and profitable) company from the inside.

Through these past three years, and even before that I've continued to do what I can "on the side" to build a business. Blogging, podcasting, freelancing and launching digital products is definitely not easy when you have a full-time gig. That being said, it is possible. Especially to get you closer to potentially working full-time for yourself or at least closer to finding a better job for you.

All that being said, we publicly announced today that I'll be leaving Fizzle in just over a month. (Hear the whole story on today's episode of The Fizzle Show.)

And this is the note I sent to Fizzlers this morning, which best describes my decision.


Hey Fizzlers,

Caleb here. I’m writing with mixed emotions today to announce that I'll be leaving Fizzle in little over a month.

Over the past two years of building Fizzle with Corbett and Chase (and now Barrett) we've made almost 100 hours of video, there have been over 70,000 posts in the forum, and I've met so many of you amazing Fizzlers putting your heart and hustle into building your thing. That's not even to mention the year plus before Fizzle working with Corbett on Think Traffic, Expert Enough, and Start a Blog that Matters.

I'm not ditching Fizzle, but rather moving on to do the very thing we teach and support at Fizzle.

This isn't like a bad high school dating break-up, where we can't even make eye contact in the hall and all our friends have to choose sides. This is just me being ready for the continuation of my entrepreneurial journey, just like we teach every single day, and the next chapter starts with me going off on my own.

I'll still be working with Fizzle in some capacity going forward, just differently. I'll occasionally be on the podcast, write for The Sparkline blog, produce/edit videos and be around the forums, but not in a full-time capacity.

Instead I'll be building out my video production agency, Caleb Wojcik Films, and teaching about video at DIY Video Guy.

If you're thinking of moving on from something in your life (or just want to hear what the future entails for Woj Bombs), listen to today's podcast episode where all four of us share stories of when we've had to let go and start the next chapter of what we're doing.

It was a long and soul searching process to come to this decision because I so strongly believe in what we're doing at Fizzle. So much so that it is time for me to go full-time on building the type of business we encourage you all to create for yourself.

If you have comments, questions, or well wishes about this you can leave a comment on today's post or write me directly at caleb@fizzle.co.

I'll see you there or I'll see you another time.


Just like when I quit my corporate job three years ago, I definitely have joyfear. But I think I have more joy than fear this time. I'm confident that I know what to do to build the successful business I want to have.

You'll definitely be hearing more from me on this site, as I'll have more time to spend on fleshing out all my ideas for making DIY Video Guy the single best place online someone needs to go to learn how to make and market videos by themselves.

I'll be doing video production & strategy consulting again through Caleb Wojcik Films as well, which I'm already lining up clients for.

Man. This is tough. I've really loved working with Corbett, Chase, and Barrett on Fizzle. Like, a lot. Like, best job ever a lot. It has opened up so many doors for me to meet people, speak at events, and generally just learn what it is like to run a profitable and fun lifestyle, boot-strapped, and self-funded business.

I plan to take everything I've learned and become the perfect case study for what we teach at Fizzle too.

I'm excited for this next chapter of my life and I hope you'll join me on writing it.

Cheers,

Caleb Wojcik

 
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