What Quitting A Job Teaches You
The freedom you feel after quitting a job to follow your dream is like driving on the open road. It’s both liberating and exciting. You can drive as far as you want and allow the wind of possibilities to kiss your face.
You are free. You can play around and steer your life in any direction you please. You are the boss. You get to live on your own terms. To re-invent yourself. To scale new heights.
How do I know this?
Well, one year ago, I hung up my boots and quit my flying job. It had been pretty a good run, but time was up. Was it exciting? Absolutely. Scary? No doubt.
As I endeavor to carve out a life from scratch in a new country, I am still trying to assemble all the pieces.
As for life on the other side, here’s what I can tell you:
- You can totally survive on little cash
No. Seriously, you can.
You see, the hamster wheel of the modern-day is always evolving, always tempting you to cash in on the latest trends. It is an ever-evolving wheel constantly enslaving you to an addiction to more.
Before long, you end up with more stuff than you actually need. Way too much. In the wave of this addiction, you lose sight of what is most important to make your existence a fulfilling one.
Because really, isn’t a fulfilling life your end goal?
My experience of scaling back to the essentials has given me immense satisfaction.
But that’s not all.
There’s so much more to be gained when you define what is truly essential to you. It helps you make better use of your money.
That is one of the building blocks to wealth creation.
2. Spread the safety net before you jump
You need to save for the jump by creating a financial cushion before you quit your job. Begin by tracking your spending. While you are at it, cut out the fluff. Save more and then some.
Your ideal savings should cover expenses for six months to a year. This way you are guaranteed to have fewer sleepless nights.
3. Remember you've got skills.
You were born with capabilities and talents. You know it. And just because you are out of employment does not mean you can not create something wonderful with your life.
You just need to unearth your skills and put them into good use. You will be surprised how far you can go.
Besides, these aspects may as well form the foundation that creates the next chapter of your life.
4. Be prepared to lose structure
Quitting your job means losing structure. Sure, at first it can be liberating and exciting.
But only for a while.
Soon, you start to feel as if you are going around in circles. This is perfectly normal because, at the end of the day, humans need structure.
Free-falling into your day simply doesn’t work.
5. Stay focused on your goal
You need to keep yourself motivated. Constantly. And there is no better way to do that than to remind yourself why you quit your job in the first place.
Your reason or goal is the leash that keeps you tethered. Consider using vision boards and motivational stickers. These not only sharpen your focus but are the fuel that keeps you going forward.
As Thomas Carlyle puts it; A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder.
Quitting a job to follow your dream is like chasing after a shiny object. It lures you in and you drop everything to reach for it.
But when you finally have it in your hands, you realize that that it is covered with dross and it needs polishing.
It takes courage, commitment and time to realize your dream. It is not always easy. But it fulfilling and rewarding.
Perhaps not in the short term, but it definitely pays off in the long run.
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