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Goodbye Corporate America. I Resign.

After nearly 6 years, I resigned from my awesome marketing manager corporate job to pursue my entrepreneurial dreams. I will give more details as things develop, but Friday April 5th will by last day of employment...forever.

That is not to say I will not be working, as I plan to work for the rest of my life...rather, I don't intend on getting another job if I can help it.

The difference being, a job is something you do specifically for pay in a national currency. Work is something you do because you're passionate about it, and it makes you feel happy doing it.

I started my first business around 2002. It was called Modern Metal Studio where I sold modern metal wall sculptures on Ebay to help supplement my income during college. Then I started a small grass-cutting business called Student Lawn Services and had about 12-15 clients in my grandma's neighborhood. My next business was fairly successful, and also helped me through college. It was called Well Hung Drapery & Hardware! :D Pun intended! Hah! I did all the drapery installations for Restoration Hardware and some for Pottery Barn in the Quarry Market in San Antonio, TX.

I'd even go into JC Penny sometimes pretending I was looking for drapery for a client just to try to pick up more business. It worked several times! After that I did some web design work. I did the UTSA's Career Services website during my last semester there, and did few crude HTML sites for a few clients.

In June of 2007, after submitting one job application, I got hired on in Corporate America as an inside sales rep right after I graduated from UTSA with an art degree in graphic design and computer imaging. They were grooming me to take over the Marketing Department as the current guy was on his way toward retirement. More on that in a bit.

It was way easier to just show up, sit behind a desk in a cubical, and take orders from other people. The check came every Friday like clockwork, and I became complacent.

I stopped having the creative drive to start businesses. I stopped going above and beyond in my personal life, and I focused on advancing my career like a good, obedient, day laborer does. I worked my way up all the way to the top in only a few months, and eventually took over for someone who had become my good friend and mentor. He was the Vice President of Marketing at the time. Once I climbed the corporate ladder as high as I could, I realized, there was no higher I could go, and my work started suffering.

I became miserable, and I started hating my job...hating waking up in the morning...hating getting out of bed...and hating showing up to a job that I actually thoroughly enjoyed. I mean, I managed a complete in-house marketing/advertising agency for a pretty big, nationwide, family-owned corporation. I got to play on Photoshop and InDesign all day, photograph buildings, design catalogs and brochures, launch new products, and travel the country exhibiting at industry trade shows. How could I be miserable?

I did this for another couple years....and it ate me up inside that I wasn't getting any closer to my dreams.

On a whim in August of 2012, after tossing the idea around for about 2 years, I started a small e-commerce business with $26, Photoshop, and WordPress. www.RevolutionCarBadges.com is where I sell chrome, political car emblems.

I had to convince total online strangers at the Daily Paul and Ron Paul Forums to buy a product from me that didn't even exist at the time. I had come up with a plan to try to pre-sell these car badges, and IF I managed to pre-sell 133 units, I would have enough money to actually manufacture the product. If I didn't pre-sell enough, I would return everyone's money. Keep in mind the failed Ron Paul Action Figure project which made the sell even more difficult.

After a couple months of light sales, a random DPer turned great friend, Tyler Groce, contacted me and asked how much money I need to get this project going, and we haven't looked back! When the badges finally arrived, we sold out in less than a week thanks to Tom Woods posting a link to my website on his Facebook page.

We're working on improving our supply chain, expanding our product line and inventory, and will be doing extensive outreach to online groups, websites and retail establishments who may be interested in selling our products, as well as political candidates who are looking for fundraising avenues for their future campaigns. Hint: Stand with Rand car badge coming soon! Don't Tread On Me and Come and Take It badges too! More details below!

The other business I'm starting is called Non-Network Creative, where I will be providing remote marketing services (graphic design, print and website work, internet marketing, consulting) to small businesses and also in the industry of politics. Upon resigning from corporate America almost two weeks ago, I proposed that my employer award me the marketing contract as an independent contractor, working from home, as my own business for a retainer fee. I'm waiting on their decision, which should come by Friday. I hope to have made them an offer they can't refuse. We'll see what happens!

I've been thinking about this for many years, and finally decided to act after listening to this audio series by Napoleon Hill: www.dailypaul.com/278217/i-ask-not-for-divine-providence-or-...

Specifically, it was during the third video titled, Going the Extra Mile @5:06. Be sure to watch the whole series I linked to above! It just may change your life.


http://youtu.be/8UEhYTST1cQ

At 5:06, Hill basically says, that sometimes people complain to him that they're in a position that prohibits them from going the extra mile, and that he always gave them the same advice: change positions.

Three days later, I resigned from corporate America.

I have shed every ounce of doubt that has kept me back in life, and I intend on reaching my purpose in life:

To develop several successful businesses, and to help others do the same, so that together, we will have the resources, capital, and networks necessary to help make the world a better place for this, and future generations.

Won't you join me on this journey? Let me know your entrepreneurial goals and how I might be able to help you achieve them.

"I ask not for divine providence or more riches, but more wisdom with which to accept and use wisely the riches I received at birth in the form of the power to control and direct my mind to what ever ends I desire." - Napoleon Hill

- Rob Hinojosa

P.S. Thank you. Each of you who trusted in me to do what I said I was going to do. Each of you who believed in this project, and my dream. You gave me the strength and support I needed. You gave me the inspiration. Thank all of you.

P.S.S. If you want to help me out on my journey, I'm not even going to lie or be modest, the Revolution Car Badges are freaking awesome!!! I need to sell through my inventory to raise money for other designs. I will be ordering this Stand With Rand chrome car badge by this Friday once the artwork is approved. I'm purchasing 1000 pieces, and they should arrive in early May 2013. Be the first one to snag one! Let's please not make this a hate Rand thread! I understand he's got some issues, and that he's not his father. I don't agree with him on everything, but I saw an opportunity, and I jumped on it. If you are going to pre-order one now to make sure you don't miss out on the first production run, please make sure to indicate that you heard about it on the Daily Paul so that the DP will receive 10% of sales. There should be a question that pops up asking you where you suggest I donate money to...please select the DP!

I'll set up the Stand With Rand link on the official Revolution Car Badges Daily Paul page on my website, but I just wanted to do a soft launch and also let you folks know what's going on in my life.

Also, I still have some Don't Tread On Me chrome car badges available. Those should be in stock sometime this month! They've been on order for a few weeks already, and I can't wait! They're going to look sick!

P.S.S.S. I'm doing my first event for RCB! A friend and fellow DPer, KMX has organized a big liberty event in near Dallas this Saturday, April 6th. It's called Standing Together For Liberty, and it's completely free with over 15 liberty speakers and even live music! Here's the DP post on the event.

If you can make it out, stop by my booth and say hi! I'll be flying a DTOM flag, and this banner I just ordered! Hope to meet you there!

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Great article! Work on doing

Great article! Work on doing something you love, something you're passionate about and the money will come.
On a side note, I bought a couple of your Revolution car badges. I'd like to start off by saying that I was impressed by the quality. I work in the automotive industry and have seen my share of inferior aftermarket badges and nameplates. Theses are on par with OEM factory nameplates.
I do however have a concern or maybe a suggestion. I installed it on my girlfriend's car and it looks awesome. I was going to throw the second one on my truck and noticed it looked a little scrawny. The size ratio is off. Do you have any plans on making larger scale badges?
Like Revolution truck badges...just my $.02

I have a question for you,

I have a question for you, Rob. I've been looking into this Napoleon Hill, and his work is quite enlightening. Then I learned that he was an adviser to Woodrow Wilson and FDR, and also was close to many of the "powers that be" at the time. I understand that these types of associations don't necessarily undermine his message, but it does put up a red flag in my mind. Is it possible that this guy had any type of nefarious agenda?

"I will not submit to authority of man. I'm alive, I'm awake, this is more than I can take." -Jordan Page

good luck!

I was so proud of my "professional qualifications" but licenses and certifications just mean extra red tape if you want to start a business.
The chickens do not care about red tape. :)

Love or fear? Chose again with every breath.

Wish you sucess in doing

Wish you sucess in doing something your HAPPY with my friend, truelly.......ill be rooting for you're meeting with the "american dream"......lucky bastard :D

Good for You! And best of Luck!!

I've been a graphic designer in advertising for almost 10 years and I too am considering my options of self employment. I'm considering the food truck business or becoming a yoga instructor (maybe both?). Many friends of mine in the design business tell me to go freelance, but I'm honestly over this industry and dealing with client wants and needs rather than providing a service people come to me to experience.

Love the Badges BTW. When I get my sport bike I'd like to get a couple r3VOLution ones to put on it!

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

I was forced into an

I was forced into an independent contractor role due to the economy and have found that while you lose a lot of the bene's of a full time job (health insurance, 401K, salary, etc... I am happier, less stressed, and free to explore some of the ideas I've had for years, but was unable to due to IP, confidentiality agreeements, etc. of the companies I was working for.
While nothing has "popped" for me yet, I'm optimistic given my networking efforts, ideas and current relationships with various vendors.

"Luck is where preparation meets opportunity"

-A
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BMWJIM's picture

Congratulations! I get the picture very well. I

left my 200k+ offshore job in August of 2010 to take a tiny salary and the risk of losing it all to get back in the motorcycle business. Low and behold I could not have made a better choice. Blood pressure down, family life better, and even more important I get to ride whatever I want, whenever I want.

Bought out the old BMW dealership I worked at back in late 90's and now picked up four more lines. Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Piaggio and Vespa. Life is GRAND.

Jim

Rob, I wish you the best and all the success in you efforts. Talent and imagination comes from the heart. A happy heart is what life is all about.

1976-1982 USMC, Having my hands in the soil keeps me from soiling my hands on useless politicians.

Geesh Mr. Former VP of Marketing, ever consider

first introducing yourself to everyone & the background story behind you and your new venture, in full?

Here's YOU, Herr Robert Hinojosa, being interviewed by Ernie Hancock, THE original author of our "R3VOLution" logo! Oh, Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed & DEFCAD.org was on the same show: http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Media/129327-2013-02-25-02-26...

LOL

Oh and here's Ernie's FreedomsPhoenix post on your biz: http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/News/125020-2012-12-22-chrome...

I certainly walked away HIGHLY impressed from listening to your interview ;o)

Great decision Rob! Great luck going forth!

For those who may be unfamiliar with the origin of the R3VOLution logo, and the man who created it, here's Ernie Hancock's Kinsella IP explanation of the R3VOLution logo, and whether one can "own" it, before an audience of Libertarians @ a party member gathering @ 8:15min: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPoa6mc7J1g

Let me tell you how much ownership I have of that logo: just enough ownership, to make sure nobody has any ownership! ...You want to kill a movement? Try to control it! ...You can't. Stop trying! Let it go! Because, there is no central plan for freedom even if that central plan has an "L" [Libertarian] after it!

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

Touché! But I was never given the VP title! :(

And, I did introduce myself, in my epic 2nd post! #15 All-Time Bookmarked post, but who's keeping track! Heh!

http://www.dailypaul.com/183156/2-degrees-of-separation-a-pl...

Thanks for your kind words on the interview with Ernie! I was so nervous, and my voice is a little squeaky!

Thanks for the comment and the links!

I'm a serial entrepreneur and liberty activist from Texas!

www.RevolutionCarBadges.com
www.NonNetwork.com

Quite Welcome! Na, your voice weren't "squeaky" at all!

I was/am sooooooooooooooo impressed, and proud, at the level of intellectualism and entrepreneurial drive among the DP denizenry.o)

r3VOL are an articulate & talented bunch!

PS. Hey, I remember that 2011 thread! but was simply on hiatus & lurking, then;O)

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

Grand Prairie? Tejas?

I am jonesing for a Liberty event....
and that is just way too close to home to pass up. I spoke with my truck about it and it says all it needs is a bath.
it also said we need a "drudge report" for Liberty events....
Hmmm.... smart truck.

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Mine too

Coincidentally, my last day is also April 5th and is the end of a 7 year run. So very close so stay focused and on-message, particularly in the days directly ahead. I'm trying to enjoy it a bit, but there will be more time for that soon enough.

Enjoyed your post. Best of luck to you.

Jefferson's picture

You

couldn't stick it out till Friday?!? It's Hawaiian shirt day!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8p8Ni1sXBLk

Congrats man. I made the break a few years ago and have/will never look back. Death to Penetrode!!

Uh....yeaahhh...We're going to need you to come in on Saturday!

Haha!

I'm going to honor my promise to work through Friday, and hopefully they sign the contract I proposed. I think I offered a really fair deal, with very little risk, and beneficial to both them and me. I'm prepared if they decide not to take me up on my offer, but it would be a nice if they did. It would free up my days to pursue other accounts and act on ideas that I get spontaneously. I've already nearly picked up one account for my marketing business, and if my current employer comes aboard, that would be my first two clients within a week.

Thanks Jefferson! What do you do if I may ask?

I'm a serial entrepreneur and liberty activist from Texas!

www.RevolutionCarBadges.com
www.NonNetwork.com

Jefferson's picture

Isn't

that movie a classic? I can recite lines from it on command almost. We do the fax machine scene for a stress reliever occasionally.
(except with shotguns)

When I first got out of the corporate deal I had some health issues that required me to be in and out of the hospital. After that, I went to work with a friend of mine to expand his retail hydroponic/aquaponic/organic garden business. I helped expand it about 40%. Just opened a new location in San Antonio last year. No cloak and dagger, no phony baloney, no TPS reports, 99.9% happy customers. It was/is very rewarding. I still work with him, but in lesser involved capacity.
I also do a little gunsmithing on the side and am looking at starting an coffee import business as well. Fortunately I have(usually)lived within my means, and have a relatively low debt load and some assets that provide a little mailbox money. We'll see what the future holds. I just know I'd rather hustle than go back to that soul sucking environment.
Best of luck to you man. I'm going to get some of those chrome DTOM snakes for me and my buds. Expect an order soon.

Congrats man!

I've been running my own business since 2009, when I quit my managerial position. It's been intense, but I'm definitely happier now, even though I'm still making less cash than I was.

Best of luck to you!

Eric Hoffer

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Great to hear Rob

Do what you love and love what you do. I am 27 and I have been my own boss since I was 20. I make my schedule, I determine how much money I will make each month, and it allows me to live how I want to. It gives me....wait for it.... personal freedom. Be creative (which it sounds like you are already doing) and you really can find happiness in your work. Keep it up and good luck in all you do.

Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That'll teach you to keep your mouth shut. Hemingway

Independence is best. One can

Independence is best.

One can have millions of dollars, but if they don't have true happiness, or health - mental, and physical - they're not really rich, and they're totally dependent upon their money.

Good choice!

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

Joη's picture

"for a national currency"

then your work shall be compensated in...?

"You underestimate the character of man." | "So be off now, and set about it." | Up for a game?

You forgot the operative part!

"you do specifically for pay"

I'm a serial entrepreneur and liberty activist from Texas!

www.RevolutionCarBadges.com
www.NonNetwork.com

Joη's picture

so pay in national currency will remain, but ancillary to goal?

?

"You underestimate the character of man." | "So be off now, and set about it." | Up for a game?

Payments for services, be they...

Payments for services, be they national currency or other mediums of exchange, will be a consequence of pursuing my dreams of helping people realize their entrepreneurial goals, rather than the objective.

I'm a serial entrepreneur and liberty activist from Texas!

www.RevolutionCarBadges.com
www.NonNetwork.com

Joη's picture

just wanted to make sure the intent wasn't tax evasion

and you weren't recommending everyone do the same, as some on the site do.

Congratulations & best of luck!

"You underestimate the character of man." | "So be off now, and set about it." | Up for a game?

Think and Grow Rich

As punishment my father locked me in the attic and made me start reading that book. He let me out after a few hours... after which I made the attic my "reading room." Finished the book in a couple days.

"Three feet from Gold" is perhaps the best story in there.