What it's Really Like to Quit Your Job: Part 1
Updated: Mar 13, 2020
This is the first of a multi-part series that I’m titling “what it’s really like to quit your job”.
My intention with this series is to give you a real-time, week-by-week picture of what the entrepreneurship journey is like from some who is living it first-hand. I want to share the joy, the mundane, the loneliness, the passion and the struggle as it comes, so we can walk through this journey together.
Having written this before taking the leap into full-time entrepreneurial life, I often see entrepreneurship displayed in two dichotomies.
The first dichotomy is pure and utter joy and success. You know who I’m talking about — the person who is loud and proud about the sheer volume of success they’ve had and they want to teach you how to have that level of success too. I want to be clear that I am by no means criticising these people. I actually find these people to be incredibly inspiring, and they’ve played a significant part in my decision to pursue this path as well. However, I have to admit that it sometimes gives a little bit of false representation of what it might actually be like.
Having not taken the leap yet, what happens if my success is just… good? How should I feel about that?
The other dichotomy that I see is the person who starts a business venture, they pop up on Instagram, and then all of a sudden they’re just.. Gone. Where did they go and what happened to that business that they started off so strongly promoting?
My goal here is to help you see and understand the middle ground. The true and realistic journey of what entrepreneurship is like. Obviously I hope to be the first dichotomy (sitting back and laughing at the sheer volume of work and money that comes to me). But, if I start off and I’m struggling, then that’s okay too.
What scares me the most about being an entrepreneur?
1. Money — If you asked me this question, I would probably have responded without even taking a breath. MONEY. I am fearful of not having the means to live the lifestyle that I want to live, and being stressed every month about where the dolla bills are coming from. As someone who has a pretty healthy relationship with money (read You Are a Bad Ass at Making Money), shifting your mindset from finite to infinite when it comes to the Benjamins can be challenging.
2. Loneliness — Am I really going to be able to spend that much time alone without going nuts? Like, what happens if by week two I’m miserable without the consistent social interaction that I get with my 9–5?
What makes me the most excited about being an entrepreneur?
1. Financial and personal freedom — Wow, this is a big one. Although I am insanely grateful for all that my corporate jobs have taught me, I feel tired of working my butt off to climb someone else’s corporate ladder and being financially constrained by someone else’s decision on what my salary should be. I don’t want to be confined by a few weeks of vacation each year or stress out if I need to take a day off because I’m just not feeling good or I’m majorly overwhelmed with life.
2. Building a schedule that I want, and that works for me — being able to work during the hours that I am most creative and not be confined to a desk purely because I need to put in the extra time.
3. Creative freedom — Building your own business means you can do what you want, when you want. If I’m feeling inspired to send an email to my list, then I can just do it. If I want to write an article about a certain topic that I’m feeling passionately about, then I can! I am a true believer that joy comes from doing work that feeds your soul, and for me, that’s what this is.
So, that’s article 1. Thank you for following along with my journey and for giving me an audience to write to.
A friend of mine asked me the other day “how are you feeling about making the shift?”
I responded with “equal parts thrilled and scared”.
Yup, that sounds about right.