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A Year Ago I Quit Working

and changed my life

A year ago I decided to quit my job. To be honest, it was the scariest decision of my life.

I’m not the only one who’s considered quitting their day job to pursue their dreams, but many of us never do anything about it.

Why not? We are afraid — I know I was. I was terrified of failure, as well as success, but mostly I was afraid of the unknown.

But after much thought, I realized that I was miserable and stressed out almost every single day and that no amount of money or stability was worth that.

So in December of 2020, when the world was descending into chaos and a pandemic was sweeping the globe, I left my full-time corporate job to pursue my passions for producing music, crafting high-quality one-of-a-kind musical instruments, and perhaps most significantly spending time out in nature and with the people who are most dear to me.

Seriously, who does this…

I can safely say that it has been a life-changing and wonderful experience for me, and I am grateful for how I spend my time and the opportunities I receive and create daily.

This sounds like a huge change and it was, but it didn’t start that way. A couple of years ago, I started by asking myself these questions for my ‘status reports’ at work:

  • What did I accomplish this week?
  • What do I wish I had achieved instead?
  • What was in my way?

And finally, to each of these, I asked myself why or why not… and recorded the answers.

For my weekly status reports, I removed the non-work portions and this helped me understand what I was and wasn’t doing that was valuable to me and what was truly important.

This was a critical component of how I was able to be productive and exceptionally successful in a professional setting.

But those parts I removed, kept me up at night were just as essential to my physical and emotional health.

Eventually, I started keeping track of them too.

This helped me understand what I was and wasn’t doing that was valuable to me and what was truly important.

So… try it, ask yourself these questions and write down the answers.

  • What did I accomplish this week?
  • What do I wish I had achieved instead?
  • What was in my way?

For each of these, consider why or why not. Then repeat the process the following week and see what happens…

I’d love to see how this works out for you and any insights you gain as a result, so please drop me a line on my social media or respond to one of the emails in my newsletter.

-Rick

Originally published at https://www.rickmolloy.com.

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