Sometimes, quitting may be the only way to “accumulate those hours” but I’ve found that I’d much rather have someone pay me for those hours. I accumulated my hours by “killing multiple birds with one stone” so to speak. Ever since I spent two years in Russia as a volunteer missionary, I’ve wanted to start my own language learning company. I knew it took many skills that I didn’t have. So I got a job as a language teacher, then became a full-time supervisor. The organization I worked for didn’t pay a competitive salary, but it did pay for me to get both my Master’s degree and PhD. I got paid for almost every single school project, including my thesis and dissertation. After I got my PhD, I became a product manager over the language products and curriculum for the organization. I still wasn’t paid a competitive salary, but I was learning a ton about what it takes to build a good language product. I realized that I now was an expert in language learning, but had a lot to learn about making a good product. I transitioned to an ed-tech startup as a product manager. Here I learned how to ideate, find the product-market fit, and take a product from ideation to execution. After a decade of preparations, I was finally ready to pivot and start my own company. Sure, I may have been able to “take the leap” and start earlier, but my likelihood of success would be much lower than it is now. I definitely think that if you can get the training you need on someone else’s dime, that is a good route to go.