I was living comfortably, had a good paying job with benefits, and I was miserable. I decided never again was I going to wake up in the morning and feel dread about what I had to do that day. Here's why.
Life is too short
We spend 8-10 hours per day at work. If you factor in weekends, vacation time, assume retirement at 70, assume a life expectancy of 90 years old, and assume you start your career at 21 years old...thats 37% of your life that you're going to spend working. I'm not sure about any of you, but I don't want to spend 37% of my life doing something I dislike or something I don't believe is making the kind of difference I want to make in the world.
"I don't want to spend 37% of my life doing something I dislike..."
You're Better At Doing Things You Love
I feel pretty good about the job I did with my old employer. I worked hard and did my best to learn as quickly as possible. But I'll be honest, there are a heck of a lot of people who could do that job better than I did. I blame that mostly on my lack of passion for the work. I was never truly engaged that way I am with coaching. And people can tell. I get comments all the time from friends and family like; "I can tell you really love what you're doing." That feels good.
Ultimately, I decided chasing a paycheck wasn't good enough anymore and that if I was going to stay involved with baseball, I had to be all-in. There was no other choice, besides unhappiness.