Today I Quit My Day Job

 

Cubicle Land

Cubicle Land – You Won’t Be Missed

“I’m resigning effective today. New Year, New Career”  I stated, as I sat nervously across my boss’ desk. Spending a combined six and a half years (excluding the ten month hiatus in between) with this test automation company, it would now finally be time to move on. “What are you going to do now?” he asked, looking completely baffled at my decision. Agreeing to work alongside one of the major competitors in the industry is a recipe for being escorted directly out the door without passing GO – yet, here I am, typing away at my desk counting down the days until I begin a new life.

Such a decision can be life-changing indeed. Before going down this route (leaving your day job to follow your entrepreneurial dreams), I would recommend you get a few things in line far ahead of time. Some of the most important items for me have been the following:

  1. Have a Plan B, C, D, E and F-ing G! – Make a backup plan to the backup plan to the backup plan. This way you’ll always have options. And when you have options, you empower yourself by reducing your risks.
  2. Do Not Burn Bridges – Refrain from going into savage mode when you quit. We’d all love to tell that annoying co-worker, that condescending manager or the over-militant customer where to go. You must avoid this at all costs. Maintaining good relationships with your colleagues and customers is crucial.
  3. Establish Additional Income – An addendum would include developing your business while you still have your day-job (without making it a conflict-of-interest of course).
  4. Personal Commitments / Timing – For some, quitting your day job just may be impossible due to your current situation. Perhaps there’s an illness or family member you’re taking care of. Re-evaluate your goals and plan for the future.
  5. Emergency Stash – This is a must and should be your final backup (See #1, Plan G) should everything go wrong. A good 3-6 month buffer period is typically recommended.

I’ve also come across a great article over 10 Questions to Ask Before Quitting Your Day Job to Run Your Own Company outlining additional points I found very insightful. Taking risks is what makes life that much more interesting, but being a little older (and perhaps somewhat wiser), opting for calculated risks over reckless abandon has been the better alternative thus far.

 

Live Your Dreams

It can all be overwhelming. One of our greatest challenges is overcoming our fears. We often over-analyze and then rationalize every reason to keep life the way it is. We get comfortable with routine. And while it may not necessarily be a bad thing, it limits our ability to pursue our dreams.

 And so I end with this: if there’s something you really want to do in life – if you’re not yet living your dreams, I say GO FOR IT. Make the sacrifice. Work hard. Have fun and; don’t let anything hold you back.

 

Today I Quit My Day Job was last modified: May 2nd, 2014 by Paulo R

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