Hold Your Horses, Do These 5 Things Before You Quit Your Job

Hello Fears
Dec 9, 2016 · 3 min read
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a move that was way out of our comfort zone.

We were doing remarkably well until an abrupt health issue came up. We had to sell our business and move back from the East Coast to the Northwest.

1. Give it a chance

First, I explored what I didn’t like about my current job to see if I could address it first.

2. Set a date

Once I realized that I was not going to find my happiness there, I set a quit date a few months early on and started a countdown calendar without telling my boss.

3. Think about tradeoffs

Because of our financial plight, we found ourselves in a situation where we had to make tradeoffs. This is why my husband is keeping his day job for now. We’re cutting down some of our expenses and exploring more ways to live frugally without penny pinching every day.

4. Get inspired by others

Reading helps, too. I read “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying” by Bronnie Ware and it changed me. It gave me the strength to live my true life — not just the length, but the breadth of my life as well. I’m living everyday without regrets.

5. Be honest with yourself

More importantly, I asked myself: “Am I running away? Or am I running towards it?”

I had to make my reason something I’m running towards to.

Something that lights my fire.
Something that burns a hole in my soul.


Hello Fears

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Hey there! It’s Michelle Poler, The Fear Girl, writing on behalf of a community of non-conformists who face their fears to find meaning and inspire others.

Hello Fears

From the creator of 100 Days Without Fear. Hello Fears’ mission is to inspire the world through stories of courage from everyday people. Submit your story here: https://hellofears.typeform.com/to/Ow6LJN