While quitting might not always be the best idea, it’s much easier to get those 10,000 hours if you…
Chris Bell

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.

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