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    A New Project
    A New ProjectSo two months ago, I up and quit a perfectly good job. Handed in my notice, stuck my finger up to the man, and parted my ways. I have lived a life of mostly minimum wage work, and this job was my big break, my way in to the big bucks. Was it a wise...
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    James McElearney
    20/09/2016 #12 James McElearney
    Thank you all, @Ken Boddie, @Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher, @Dean Owen, @Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich, @Rose Spot, Aurorasa Sima, your comments and encouragement are appreciated. Good to see you guys are still active and going strong. Aurorasa and Rose - absolutely, we never know unless we try, life is to short not to chase it up. Lisa, any stories you wish to share would be amazing, I will leave that choice up to you as to how you want to send me the stories. Good to speak again. Deb - thank you for the info, That will prove to be very useful and i will certainly send a message to josh quigley. I have seen the Bridge, itยดs an amazing and horrifying documentary and somethng I may use for reference. Dean - as always, your a fountain of knowledge! I was aware of Japans suicide rates but I never knew that was the case, and thank you Dean, great to be back! Ken - Thank you very much, your a gentleman and a scholar sir. It willtake itยดs time and I have a lot of learning to do in the process but Iยดm fairly confident that I can give it a damn good go
    Ken Boddie
    20/09/2016 #11 Ken Boddie
    I'm fortunate enough to say that I can't really help you with this subject, James, but I don't wish you good luck. Sounds to me like you don't really need luck. With a clear set of goals and a strong will to see them through to fruition, you'll make your own luck. Good plans always come together in the end, and, as has been stated many times before, if things aren't all right, then it's not the end. Break a leg!
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    20/09/2016 #10 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    #9 I'm glad Japan is no longer the 'suicide capital' of the world @Dean Owen. I had no idea it used to be. How sad that so many would commit suicide for failure to provide for their families. And, wow- the families get sued if a loved one jumps in front of a train? Ouch, talk about adding salt to a very open wound.
    Dean Owen
    20/09/2016 #9 Dean Owen
    Welcome back James. Great to here from you again. Well done on the move. You are tackling a tough subject which I know little about on a personal level. With my heritage, I do know that suicide in Japan is often mis-understood. Unlike what is usually portrayed in the media, the main reasons for suicide in Japan are not stress from overwork. It is rarely done for selfish reasons, but more from their failure to be able to provide for their families. That said, Japan is no longer the suicide capital of the World as suicide can be an expensive business. Jumping in front of trains used to be popular, but these days the railway companies take the families of the victim to court and sue for compensation over damages and time lost (as you may know, the Japanese trains are known for keeping to the schedule down to the minute). A very important subject you are taking on. Wish you best in your endeavours and great to have one of the earliest adopters of beBee producer back again!
    Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    19/09/2016 #8 Deb ๐Ÿ Helfrich
    @James McElearney - a round of applause for taking this public step. Your project sounds so worthy. I have a couple resources to share....

    First of all, if you have not met Josh Quigley on LinkedIn, go connect with him right now. He is a suicide survivor on a mission to chnage things - he is currently on an around the world bike tour to raise awareness. He is in Norway right now, and the kindness he is being shown is documented on updates. He is such a fabulous testimony to how to move forward past those days of despair and give life a chance to amaze you.

    Secondly, I wonder if you have seen "The Bridge" - it is a documentary about 365 days of people trying to commit suicide from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. It is worth and perhaps the director or producers would be people worth reaching out to for mentorship and support.
    Rose Spot
    19/09/2016 #7 Rose Spot
    You did right, I think that the worse case in our life is to regret, life and choice are not easy but it's worth taking the path...The best in all you do...
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    19/09/2016 #6 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    @James McElearney begins a new chapter in his life, very exciting!
    Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    19/09/2016 #5 Lisa ๐Ÿ Gallagher
    I applaud you on your decision @James McElearney! It sounds like you found your passion and what a valiant one it is. I have a few stories to share, I can PM you some details if you'd like or I can just write on here. I always start off writing with the intent of keeping it short but it never seems to work out well for me :)) They are not stories of myself but 2 people I do know. One succeeded, the other did not.
    Aurorasa Sima
    19/09/2016 #4 Aurorasa Sima
    First of all: Congrats to your decision, I think - independent of the end result - following your passion is never a mistake. Most of the time we succeed if we are passionate about something. Even if not - failure can never hurt as much as looking back and thinking "I wish I had ...".

    I donยดt have a real story but feel free to put this in the last-ressort corner of your mind, in case you do not find enough contributors: 20 years ago one of our top consultants jumped out of the window of a large office building.

    Nobody saw it coming.
    James McElearney
    19/09/2016 #3 James McElearney
    Michael, thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement. I am in no doubt that I am headed down a very long and challenging path ahead. I know im going to fall short on a few hurdles but what is life if we do not try! I look forward to checking out the hive and learning a few things along the way. I look forward to following you
    Michael D. Davis
    19/09/2016 #2 Michael D. Davis
    Let's all welcome James to a new life as an entrepreneur!
    Michael D. Davis
    19/09/2016 #1 Michael D. Davis
    Hey James, congrat's on the decision to make the move to being an entrepreneur! I'm all about people following their dreams and try to offer some positive reinforcement in the hive I began titled #thedailychalkboard. Look it up if you like and let me know what you think, and please feel free to follow me as I am certainly going to follow you and your great adventure!