David Brim on business, marketing & life.

New Beginnings

By: David Brim May 15, 2009

We’re in the midst of the worst economy since the great depression. People are getting laid off or fired everyday and thousands of college graduates (and millions of others) across the country are struggling to find a job. With that said why in the world would I choose to quit my job now?

Allow me to explain…

First off let me say that I not only quit my job, but a job at a really great work environment with awesome people and fun/unique company culture….Where else do you ring in new hires with tequila shots, have cubicle decorating contests and plow your face into cake on your birthday & anniversary of employment? Of course I’m talking about IZEA, a top social media marketing company that operates SocialSpark, PayPerPost and more.

So the question I know many people are thinking…Why the H*ll did you quit? or What is he thinking?

Well I have always been a person that doesn’t shy away from challenges. I have also always trusted my gut, which was one of the main reasons why I moved to Orlando in the first place. I knew no-one in Florida, but something told me this was the right choice. That decision turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and over the last 2 years I’ve accomplished a great deal.

Besides trusting my gut I also moved to Orlando to be in a fertile environment to grow my own ventures. My goal has always been to create jobs for others, not be bound by an hourly job and to grow extremely wealthy in the process. Then be able to give back and help other young entrepreneurs achieve their dreams.

With these goals constantly in mind I came to the conclusion that IZEA has done all it can to assist me in reaching them at this stage in my life.

I’ve really enjoyed my time at IZEA, feel that I have learned a great deal and built relationships with a lot of great people, however now is the time for me to go hard after my goals. As time passes many people sink into a mode of comfortability and they stop striving and are content with their current situation. Though this is completely alright for some people at this point in my life this is not okay for me. At this time I have no children to pay for and no major expenses. There’s no better time for me than right now. If you desire to reach your goals no matter what they may be you have to go for it. When there’s more risk, there is a greater chance for more of a reward. In addition to that my dad taught me a long time ago that you improve and grow the most during periods of uncertainty and turmoil. If you’re not working through problems or challenges your performing not growing. I recently saw a great quote on Drew Mclellans blog: “Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”

That quote really sums up how I feel and why I did what I did. I have so much of a desire to achieve my goals that fear seems very trivial in comparison. Some may call me foolish, some may call me outright stupid, but the way I see it it needed to be done. I have full confidence in my abilities and in god and know I will make it work.

Stay tuned…

More to come

About the author

David Brim

David Brim is an entrepreneur, marketing strategist, and investor based in Central Florida. He is the general partner of the Orlando Opportunity Fund, focused on advancing communities through investments in early stage companies and commercial real estate. A graduate of the University of Central Florida, where he majored in marketing, David is the only two-time winner of the school’s Joust Business Plan Competition. Brim has founded numerous businesses in Central Florida across industries such as marketing, technology (SaaS & online directories), real estate, and e-commerce. In 2017 he founded Orlando Entrepreneurs a central hub created to connect, cultivate and celebrate entrepreneurs in Central Florida.

Comments

  • Nate Whitehill


    IZEA is an incredibly awesome company, but congratulations on breaking free of the corporate leash!

    I assume GroupTable is kicking ass and taking names?

  • andrew wee


    Hey David,
    Keep the faith, man.

    You’re never living life on the edge till you make a really big (and I mean BIG) bet in Vegas or start your business.

    Looking fwd to more updates.

  • Randy Mountz


    David,
    We formed a bond that continue to grow and strengthen. I look forward to seeing your progress.

  • Liz


    I just stumbled on your blog and I really enjoyed this post. I in effect did the same thing last September. Quit a pretty great job right before the recession got really heavy, mostly because I was coasting along, rather than challenging myself. I ended up consulting on my own and while it hasn’t been a cake walk, I don’t think I want to leave this. I’m entering my year anniversary of consulting and I love it. Good luck to you on your new ventures!

  • David Brim


    @Nate it was really great meeting you at IZEAFest and hanging out in Vegas. I had a blast! We’ll absolutely stay in contact. Give me a call next time you’re in Orlando and we’ll meet up.

    @Andrew I completely agree. Living life on the edge can obviously have it’s stresses, but more risk, more reward right 🙂 . I will keep you updated. By the way it was nice hanging out with you in Vegas at the ML dinner as well! By the way thanks for the advice on GroupTable yesterday. It was greatly appreciated and I’ve passed it along to one of my dev guys.

    @Randy it was an absolute pleasure working with you during this past year. You’re definitely an inspiration to me and I look forward to our friendship growing and strengthening over time.

    @Liz Your blog’s title really sums it up…Don’t be afraid to Fly. Too many people are. I’m happy that you were strong enough to take the leap and are now doing something you love. I wish you continued success.

    @All Thanks for stopping by and for the support guys!

  • Single Mom Seeking


    David, I knew from the first moment I spoke to you that you were a GREAT superstar headed for big success. Congrats!

    I actually just sent a long email to you, but realize that it probably didn’t get forward to you at IZEA…. can you email me? Thanks!

  • David Brim


    @Rachel thanks for the great compliment. It’s really great to hear from you. I look forward to connecting and catching up soon 🙂

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  • zakdowdy


    Best of luck to you David!

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    Hi,
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  • Bubba Moe


    I Love to try new things and sometimes they end up being acward but every new thing ends with something learned something more… so even when I get Ify about new things I just push myslef to do it anyways.

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  • Fatima Horuath


    I’m with Larry on this one

  • Alise Krantz


    I’m pretty sure I get what your saying

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    I agree with you, but do you think its really accurate?

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    This economy has kicked us all around a bit. But I think you were wise in trusting your gut and going out on a limb.

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