Leaving your job. It really is the biggest challenge of all. Do you run your own business or are you employed by someone else? I have been employed by someone else for my entire working life. Sure I have dabbled in MLM and online marketing on and off for the past 10 years but by and large I have been a slave to the company. Helping make someone else rich.
Until this year. In fact until about 2 weeks ago. I have wanted my own business since I was around 25 years of age. I am more than double that age now. Talk about a procrastinator!
Leaving Your Job
I started working on Get Out of Your Comfort Zone late in 2015. I knew 2016 would be the year I finally took the plunge and although the thought of leaving my job, a safe, secure job, frightened me, the thought of sitting back on my death bed and having opportunity, skills, ideas and other things I hadn’t followed through on coming to visit me and telling me they were about to die along with me scared me even more! Leaving your job is never easy.
Sometimes fate helps you make your decision. When you make a decision the universe opens up and opportunities suddenly appear. My mum had been diagnosed with cancer late 2015 and the doctors said it was inoperable. Not the best news to hear especially for an 87 year old. I decided it was time to move closer to her and spend some quality time around her in what is probably her last year.
Leaving Your Job With a Bad Boss
To cut a long story short the company I was working for refused to give me 3 months leave without pay to move down to Coolangatta to be closer to her and care for her. Go figure. You learn that sometimes a companies bottom line is more important than its employees welfare. And yes everyone I have spoken to can’t believe they would do that either! The important thing is to learn from these experiences. My biggest lesson? Always put people before profit. Most businesses don’t.
But as I said sometimes fate intervenes and actually helps you. I had used the last of my 5 weeks annual leave and had nothing left. And I definitely wasn’t going back! It was time to jump. So I jumped. Off the really high cliff . 2 weeks ago I quit my safe secure job.
Its funny but the time leading up to that decision was stressful and frightening. Procrastination was huge! Leaving your job ahhh! Scared the hell out of me. The fear of the unknown. The fear of failure, the fear of success, the fear of going broke and the fear of being a complete failure in the eyes of family and friends. All those fears were attacking me at different times.
How to Handle Leaving Your Job
How did I handle that? I kept moving forward. What is the power of change? I kept planning things for my business, that wasn’t even really a business yet, it was just my passion and hobby and something I lived for everyday. Helping people move out of their comfort zone and finding their true purpose and magic in life. Helping people to stop procrastinating like I used to and helping them face their fears and doing it anyway.
Its still not really a business yet but its what I love and I know it will be very soon. So anyway as soon as I resigned it was like this huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. Leaving your job is not easy. A light went on and it was all revealed to me. I had been relying on and had become comfortable with having a wage go into my account every fortnight for helping someone else get rich. Once that was taken away I realised that this is how life should be. For me at least. I am responsible for my life. I am responsible for what I give to others and I am responsible for what they pay me.
Embracing the Fear
So I didn’t lose my fear. I didn’t lose the worry. I didn’t lose any of those things, the fear of failure the fear of success. What I did was I actually embraced them! This is living outside your comfort zone. I was uncomfortable and that is what was inspiring me. I even stopped procrastinating! Leaving your job is tough and scary and all those things but sometimes you just have to move out of your comfort zone and become a different person.
I still don’t know if my business will be a success but the more important thing is I know I am not going to die wondering! It really is my passion. It is what I love. I am going full steam ahead. Over many years of learning one thing sticks in my mind. If you find the thing you really, really love doing and you can make a business out of it and it serves others more than it serves you, you will never work a day in your life and you will be well rewarded. This is my life! At least 2 weeks in it is. I will revisit this post in 6 months time.
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