Brian Alkerton — Personal

Why I Quit, And What's Next

So, tomorrow's the one-month anniversary of me quitting my job at Shopify. It was as amicable as these things can go.

To answer the one question I've heard more than any other since making my decision, why did I leave an amazing company with great perks? To be clear, Shopify is a great company, easily the best I've worked for. I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss the catered lunches, snacks, and camaraderie. But without diving into exact numbers, here's why:

Not the most elegant graph, but I'll try to explain. Joining Shopify...


The tricky thing about self-improvement is that writing about it has absolutely zero impact in whether or not you go through with the changes you want to make. I can (and in the past I have) announced new diets, new exercise plans, a commitment to be a better and more honourable person... it's all words. And worse, it's words that get you supportive comments and feedback when you haven't lifted a finger to do the damn thing you know deep down that you should do. Because I make it public, now it's a conversation and you get to demonstrate you...

I Enjoy Travel And Smelling My Best.

Cancun was a good time. Had a number of personal/professional insights, and now feel ready to get down to the work of making 2013 a great year for myself and those I care about.

I'll tell you this much: Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille has ruined all other scents for me. I started getting into colognes a few years ago, and i typically buy a bottle of something at the duty free when I go on vacation, but browsing around, nothing came even remotely close to the wow factor of when I first tried this stuff last fall. I ended up...

Two Weeks In Europe

At one point during the trip I was talking about comic timing, and how to hold a pause for maximum comedic impact. The girl I was talking to mentioned that I seemed to think a lot about this stuff, and I replied by saying "well, I'm pretty insecure and fundamentally just want to be liked by everyone. I've found telling jokes a pretty effective way of doing that." She was waiting on the punchline, but I didn't have one.

It was just an honest statement. 

After a few days in Barcelona and a week on a boat cruising around the Croatian...

Shaking Things Up

I love Fight Club, but when Tyler says "It's only after we've lost everything that we are free to do anything" I'm not entirely sure I agree.

I get the context - when you've got nothing to lose, consequences don't matter - but I've been feeling similarly liberated of late, if not from consequences then from constraints. The thing about that freedom is that if you don't use it, you don't lose it, you just... waste it. Here's what I mean:

  • I didn't have to write a blog post today.
  • I didn't have to wake up before 11 this...