Interesting line: "Maybe I’ll help fix the world from a vantage point that isn’t behind a computer."
Isn't that some type of existential question nearly all tech workers experience at one point or another?
I remember vividly the months I would seem to breakdown and just want to go build something with my hands that could impact the world in a visible, immediate way. You don't get that type of clear return on your work when you design or code.
I guess it's the same reason Zach Klein built a cabin in the woods with his friends (http://blog.zachklein.com/post/9881114290/this-weekend-the-foundation-walls-were-poured-for).
Yeah I think everyone asks that question … where do you go after web design?
It's interesting because I think I've heard lots of people from disparate disciplines say “I was a ____ (accountant, human resources manager, mechanical engineer, etc) before I got into web design” but I don't think I've ever heard someone say “I was a web designer before I became ______” … except for maybe college professors.
Do you know of anyone that went from web design to something like a real estate agent, appraiser, banker, health inspector, or some other completely different profession?
Maybe it's because 1) our industry is so young so not many people have left it yet or 2) the bar for entering the web design scene is so low?
It's a hard thing, finding something that gives you joy on the same level as running your own company/product. I hope Brad takes a year of and tries a great many things. Learns to surf, climbs a mountain, etc.