Do not do this if you do not feel it in your gut, or don’t have a clear intention in your heart… Trust me, you’ll know when it happens.
I am not going to go into too much detail, but I wanted to share 3 things that I learned when I quit my day job to pursue my own thing..
The last two years of my outside job was in sales. As an advertising rep for a reputable Ad agency in New York City. I had built a decent client base for the company and they loved the sales I was generating for them.
It was 1998. The e-commerce industry was just beginning on the Internet. Dial up, Prodigy and Earthlink was KING.
I had been thinking hard on what to do with my life for a while. Working for someone gave me the skills I needed for sales, but it wasn’t satisfying.
I have been nurturing the thought of starting my own business, and having the freedom to do what I want. Moonlighting on the Internet, and attempting to learn web design and programming….etc.
I started looking for people who can help me and I came across people who were in the same position as I was. Ambitious, fearless and creative people that I looked up to.
Not having a plan or a road-map on how to start a business – BUT I had this intense feeling in my gut that I should quit my day job and strive to start a service based business online.
However, I do think taking that terrifying leap of faith was one of the most enlightening career experiences I’ve had so far.
Call me stupid, impulsive, or brave – at the very least, it was educational. Here are 3 of the (many, many, many) things I learned.
Power of Intention…
Intention is generally viewed as a pit-bull kind of determination propelling one to succeed at all costs by never giving up on an inner picture.
Our intention gives us the courage to act. If you do things with the right Intention, it usually works. Change happens with an Intent to change.
You don’t need the approval of others.
When I tell people about my plan to quit my job and start my own thing, I so desperately want them to reassure me with statements like, “Oh Wow! you are so brave!”, “Good for you!”.
Unfortunately, that’s not what I got. Instead, I was faced with a lot of, “Wait, you’re doing what?” types of comments.
In the end, it really didn’t matter. I was the only one who needed to feel good about my decision. Yes, we all naturally crave approval and reassurance from others every now and then. But, trust me, you don’t need it — at least not as much as you think you do.
Your career really doesn’t define you
We all have the tendency to use our careers to define ourselves. But, it’s important to remember that your job isn’t who you are — it’s what you do.
When I left my job, I felt the need to justify my decision and clarify every last detail until people were literally bored with me. There was this immense need to explain my employment situation in order to give myself a purpose and identity.
Turns out, that’s really not the case — all of that pressure to define myself using my career was totally self-imposed. In fact, most people honestly didn’t care if I was an Electrician or the Entrepreneur.
So, if you’re contemplating taking your own leap of faith anytime soon, I hope these lessons encourage you and help you see the light at the end of the tunnel. And, in those moments when all you feel is sheer panic?
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