The Next Stop Is …

I’ve been in constant brainstorming mode over the past few weeks.  Here are some ideas I’ve come up with:

1.  Go in-house (boring, but safe)

2.  Apply for a clerkship (very competitive, allows me to bide my time)

3.  Get an MBA (not consistent with my still-vague goals)

4.  Become a hermit — buy a vast swath of land in a remote area and live off my savings (seriously the thought has crossed my mind)

5.  Start a products-based company (I have a list of “new” products, but barrier to entry is too high)

6.  Develop and sell iPhone apps (low barrier to entry, but steep learning curve)

7.  Form an IP licensing house (low social value)

8.  Teach K-12 or at a community college

9.  Play poker (short term)

In the meantime, I’ve joined several Meetup groups focused on start-ups.  I have a feeling the typical wannabe-rich, yet socially awkward types will show up.  I really don’t care about making a ton of money.  I want to do something that is interesting and adds value.  Practicing law really doesn’t add much value to the greater good, unless the greater good = large corporations.  The money will come, I’m sure of it.

Setting Timelines

One of the commenters in my last post warned that I unless I quit now, odds are pretty good that I will stay in my current position for awhile.  And he/she’s right.  Inertia is a powerful force.  While I’ve been mentally preparing myself to leave, I haven’t actually left yet.  So I decided to set a timeline for my departure.

Who would have thought quitting a job could be so complicated?  Sure I could just quit tomorrow, but I’m trying not to burn any bridges here.  Given my current commitments, the earliest I can quit is February 2010.  Even quitting then means I would be quitting four months before my next trial.

My lease is up at the end of May 2010.  If I quit, I *have* to move.  If I wanted to leave as early as possible, I could give notice on February 1st and leave at the end of the month so I can transition everything over.  That leaves me three months of rent that I have to cover.  I can also stick it out until after my June trial, hopefully without picking up any additional cases in the meantime.

So there it is in writing.  Now I need to use whatever free time I have until D-Day to figure out what to do afterward.