Life, really only begins at the end of your comfort zone

Leigh Kuhlmann farewells Triple M.

Here’s what he wrote on Twitter…

Every now and again your life comes to a fork in the road, and you need to choose between what is easy and comfortable, and what will challenge you and make you feel like you are taking a risk and pushing yourself personally. Life, really only begins at the end of your comfort zone. And so here I am – after five years at Triple M, Sydney having recently handed in my eight weeks notice (I know, eight weeks… who signed that contract?), I’m ready.

I am excited to take a little bit of time off and by the possibilities that lay ahead, I am also sad to be leaving the SCA Sydney family, a place where I have made some truly great friends through, undoubtedly, one of the most challenging periods in the radio industry. Over the last five years, as a team, we have achieved so much, and I have been lucky to be part of truly great radio moments, something I am very grateful for. There have been so many great highlights over the journey that have had a huge impact on the station and network-

-Helping Build a great culture at SCA – specifically between Triple M Content and Sales.
-EP, and very occasionally they let me write as part of the high rating Radio Chaser team.
-EP, Kennedy, Molloy with two radio legends,
-Reviving The Dead Set Legends brand with Big Tony, Gus, Jude and Wendell that would eventually go on to become the NSW Triple M drive show.
-Winning radio awards with Radio Chaser and the Gus Worland and Jimmy Barnes for Mental Health special.
-Being part of the starting lineup for one of Australia’s top 10 podcasts – The Briefing. Nic Mclure, Tom Tilley get on the Blend 43
-Working with Adam Williscroft to go Number 1 at nights, across most of Australia, with The Love God.
– the 1000’s of ideas/ sweepers and content that made Triple M Network different. If you are not standing out then your just fitting in. It’s okay to be a little weird.

Mostly I am proud of the difference I made to the culture of Triple M, the friends I have made who wanted to create radio that wasn’t the same as everyone else – and the careers I have helped along the way. They are the future. And without them as an industry, we will end up dying if we don’t look after them. Thanks especially to Penny Meakes who is allowing, a young kid out of Adelaide to take this chance on a dumb idea. (That’s me by the way).

Finally (I know, are you still talking?) – with everything that has happened through the last two and a half years ask yourself, is this really what I should be doing? You have to really love what you do or find that thing that makes you leap out of bed, otherwise, you are just cheating others and yourself.

If you have ever wondered what it was like to throw in a high-paying job and take a chance. Do it! What’s the worse that could happen? You end up back in the industry that you’d always had a passion for.

I’ll see you on the other side. Love for you to reach out to me if you want to chat, I have a bit of spare time on my hands it would be great to reconnect. Not goodbye… it’s see you soon.