April Fools and Angel Wings


On my third day of working for Relode—April 1—I told Matt Tant, my boss and CEO of Relode, that I quit. It was of course April Fools, but I got him and his co-founder, Joe Christopher, anyway. I'm not sure how wise it was to joke with my boss about quitting on the third day, but I did it anyway.

He laughed, "You really got me there for a second."

I quit through an email with the subject line "I quit":

     Matt,

     I've had enough of your cancellations.

     I quit.

     - Chad

The "cancellations" were not really cancellations—Matt just pushed back our meeting a few times that day. When he got the email, he was standing next to Joe. (Joe connected me with Relode in the first place.) They looked at each other, brows furrowed.

Matt asked, "Is he serious?"

"His bag's still here," Joe said.

Then, Matt peeked his head out of the office door and said, "Chad did you quit?"

"Yeah man," I said. I paused for a little while and said, "April fools!"

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Later, he came out of the office with a smile on his face, "You really got me."

He's repeated the joke back to me in various forms every day since then.

Truth is, that's the culture at Relode. They started with an unconventional idea—to create an online system to aggregate professional recruiters—so they are comfortable with other unconventional ideas, even a bad April Fools joke like quitting your third day on the job.

G.K. Chesterton wrote in Orthodoxy,

"Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly."

Even though dropping everything to start a new business is heavy stuff, I've never felt the weight of the venture since I joined the Relode team. Only the freedom to stretch my wings and fly.