Brian announced on his podcast this week that he has resigned from his day job and will soon be working in his store at Anderson Pens full time! This is something he has been working towards since opening the store in 2013, and I'm really excited that Brian and Lisa have finally made it happen. Congratulations!
As Brad said on this week's Pen Addict podcast, Brian is one of the really good guys of the pen community. He devotes a huge amount of time towards building the community through his podcast, moderating the Esterbrook forum on FPN, and providing top-notch advice on reddit. For years now, he's been working full-time, managing the store on the side, and travelling to virtually every pen show in the US, and it's exciting to see this shift happening.
I think there are a lot of people in the community who love this idea: being able to quit their job and make a living entirely from their passion. But we all know that it's a tough choice to make. Even if you've got a good thing on the side, selling products or grinding nibs, making the jump from a secure job with regular pay involves risk and takes some guts. (Of course, Brian being Brian, I'm sure that he's put a lot of time into minimising that risk!)
So it's exciting but risky, and I'm sure we all hope that Brian is able to make a successful transition. Guys like him are blazing trails for the rest of us to hopefully follow someday.
Congratulations again, Brian, and all the best for the future!
Update: Brian has published a blog post about 'ripping off the band aid'. Great stuff!