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Living with less can sometimes allow you to do more. In this episode of Career Relaunch, JB Adkins, a pilot turned founder of Skyryde, a flying taxi service startup, shares his honest, humble story of walking away from aviation school after receiving a full-ride scholarship so he could pursue his entrepreneurial interests instead. He’ll explain the tradeoffs he made to make things work, including living in an RV with his wife and two young boys to reduce costs so he could fund his Skyryde venture. I’ll also reveal exactly what happened to me on the exact day I decided to quit medical school.

Key Career Insights

  1. Walking away is always difficult and might involve some tradeoffs, but if you can ride out the rough waves, you may just emerge on the other side doing work you find much more rewarding.
  2. If you have to, you can learn to live with less, which can allows you to reinvest into more important things that truly drive your happiness.
  3. Whatever has made you successful in the past will play a role in empowering you during a complicated, confusing transition.

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Listener Challenge

During this episode’s Mental Fuel segment, I challenged you to think about your own work environment and consider whether there’s a way for you to do more of the work you enjoy doing. What could you do to pursue all your different interests or to showcase all your different skills you’re most proud of? It may even be worth considering ways to look elsewhere to scratch whatever itch you’re feeling


About JB Adkins, Pilot & Founder of Skyryde

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JB Adkins grew up in a large family with 16 siblings. He started flying at age 11 and eventually began his career at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University on a military scholarship. He decided to leave that behind to work in entertainment, music video production, & advertising before bouncing back into aviation to eventually start a string of companies in the field. Along the way, he encountered tremendous obstacles and pitfalls, from being homeless for 5 months with his wife after they had a baby to making the decision to live in an RV full-time to save and invest in his new business, Skyryde, a flying taxi service startup that could change the way people move around cities.

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About Joseph Liu

Joseph Liu is a Career & Personal Branding Strategist with a passion for helping people gain the clarity, confidence, and courage to pursue truly meaningful careers. Having gone through three major career changes himself, he now shares insights from building & relaunching global consumer brands to empower professionals and business owners to build & relaunch their personal brands. At JOSEPHPLIU.COM, he shares resources and tools for people who aspire to make a career change

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