For the Love of the Game – Why I Walked Away From A 6-Figure Job
Written by Alton Chislom on Nov. 11th 2018
Since as far back as I can remember, I have been in love with sports. I have played just about every sport, but my first love will always be basketball. I started playing at 7 years old. My god-brother taught me how to play with a metal shopping cart hanging over are apartment fence. We were poor, but resourceful. I still remember the first day we stepped out on the “court”. He told me to stick him…I literally poked him in the chest. I had no idea what I was doing, but after an hour of playing, I was absolutely obsessed with it. I spent all of my childhood and teenage years playing sports.

Now let’s fast forward to college. I majored in computer science, but it was never my dream. I just knew that it would be the future and it was a way to make money. Shout out to my high school history teacher for forcing me to come up with a backup plan for my NBA dreams. I really wanted to play in the NBA, but it was mostly just a dream. I had to go into the workforce just like everybody else.

I ended up earning my degree in bachelor’s degree and later my master’s degree in business. I landed my first 6-figure job! I was ecstatic. I was making more money than my parents and reached heights that most people growing up where I am from never achieve. However, I was bored out of my mind. I would be at my desk glued to ESPN, when I should be working. My productivity was fine, but it I was no longer going above and beyond. My mediocrity was beginning to show. At this point I knew it was time to leave my job. Instead of sticking it out for the guaranteed paycheck and ruining my reputation, I left and started consulting for myself.
The freedom was unmatched. I would make the same amount of money I did at my regular job but I wasn’t tied to a clock and chained to a cubical. It has not been easy by any means. I actually work, on average, twice as much as I did at my regular job. However, I don’t get tired and I love what I do. My job is to help other people grow their businesses. How much I make is directly determined by my efforts. I can pick up and go work from Spain for a month, as long as I keep my clients.
At the end of the day I realized that I needed to do what makes me happy. Making a lot of money isn’t what’s core to I am. I realized that helping people achieve their goals and having freedom to do what I want, when I want was way more important to me.

Alton Chislom

Alton Chislom helps people start and scale successful sports related businesses. Alton specializes in online client attraction and retention. Alton has 10 years of technical business consulting and coaching experience.
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