I’m fortunate to be self employed for over 2 years, and though my knuckles and bank account are still scraping the bottom, I don’t ever regret quitting my previous job. The question is, for those of you who are bored tired at your current day job – what’s stopping you from quitting or looking for something better/more enjoyable?
If working a day job is something that you must do because of commitments, children, massive debt etc.. that’s totally okay – but don’t get too comfortable with the idea of stability and a risk free life, because this is the ultimate recipe for a mediocre existence. And there is no one in this world that wants a life that is “fine”.
PROBLEM: You hate your current job, boss or industry.
SOLUTION: Start looking for something better. And when I say looking, I don’t mean sending out resumes online for 2 weeks and then giving up. Get your act together, spruce up your resume (even embellish if needed) and decide what it is you want and how you are going to make it happen. If you need a fake reference, just send me an email – I can say you worked for my company and that you’re awesome (which isn’t a lie).
This job doesn’t have to be permanent, so wipe that thought from your mind because that will do nothing but make you feel stuck again – just in a different environment. Think of your new job as a stepping stone to your ultimate goal.
My buddy Alastair just had a huge win, and I will use him as a great example: He is in the Restaurant/Venue Management industry and last night he told me that he quit his job – and found something WAY better. I was so pumped when I heard this that I may have pooped a little in my pants…
We’re talking about going from managing a mediocre dessert bar in the ghetto to managing an uptown, upscale “old hollywood” inspired supper lounge. It took him months of phone calls, walk ins and hustling – but he made it happen! And though he’d much rather be a Restaurateur and running his own joint (only a matter of time) he’s being positive, excited and realizing the abundance of opportunity this new job is going to give him.
On top of all this, it’s easier for him to get too and I’m a 20 minute commute (VIP by association rocks).
What I’m trying to say is I know it’s tough – and scary – but it is necessary to TAKE THE LEAP every few years until you get to where you want to be. I don’t care how old you are, how many kids you have or what your monthly bills look like – you must keep moving and avoid becoming stagnant. You mustn’t look too far ahead, but still have a grasp of your end goal and how you will achieve it – whatever that “it” may be!
HOW BAD DO YOU WANT TO QUIT YOUR JOB?
What’s stopping you?
Don’t be a wussy and share your thoughts/current situation – letting others know is the first step to getting the ball rolling!