Regular readers at AoS will know that a couple of months back I quit my job and went my own way.
Now, I’m not going to claim this was entirely a decision of free will. Part of the reason I quit my job was because my son was born and I didn’t want to be away from him 6 months a year. The other reason was that my boss was a massive knob jockey and the idea of submitting my will to such an individual was repulsive. Lastly, the job was creating turmoil in my life because of the future uncertainty of the industry I was in and the fact that I couldn’t see a clear long-term future in it.
All of those factors weighed on me and played a part in my decision. It’s been roughly three months now and the personal growth I have undergone is immense. I’ve probably grown more in the last three months than I did in the previous three years.
So what have I learned since I quit my job Do I recommend you do the same? What is the future for G-Freedom and how is he paying his bills?
What I Learned When I Quit My Job & Since
(1) Time is the Ultimate Currency – I Only Realized This Fully When I Quit My Job
This time with my family has reinforced something that I already knew long ago, but which is now crystal clear to me. Time is the ultimate currency.
If you spend your life in some office cubicle or away from home slaving away for dollars, you are trading the most valuable thing in the world, your time, for pieces of paper.
Now, we’ve all got to make a living. Nobody is denying that. However, there are ways to do it that aren’t f***ing miserable and that can allow you to pass the day in relative comfort and ease. Basically, this involves tapping into your natural talents and skills.
Don’t trade your time doing things you hate or aren’t naturally good at. There are plenty of more important things to spend your time on. Find them, then give as much time to them as possible.
(2) You Can Only Really Succeed at Things When You Enjoy are Good at Them
I worked in oil and gas for four years. I enjoyed the experience and it taught me a lot. However, I’m not a natural mechanic. I’m not even very good with cars, bikes or any of that stuff. I understand the basics, but I’m never going to be the best guy in the room at it.
When I worked in the oilfield I always felt a little inadequate. I did my job, got paid, the company was happy enough with my performance, I got annual raises and everything was going OK. I knew deep down, however, that I wasn’t and nor would I ever reach the absolute top of the game because I would be competing against “naturals” who could use a wrench blindfolded and understood the math of well-drilling instantly.
That wasn’t me. I’m a natural at two things – coming up with creative ideas and dealing with people. Those are the areas I have chosen to focus on in my new business. So far, I’m excelling beyond my wildest imagination. Every client I work for gives me rave reviews, tells me I’m the best at this and that I exceeded their expectations tenfold.
You can’t buy that type of feeling. It’s nice to feel good at something. I advise you to find what you’re good at and find a way to start a business in that field. When I quit my job, I was free to pursue what I was naturally good at.
You’ll most likely experience a level of success you never thought possible. The love of it and the great feeling you get from being the best at it, will spur you on to even greater success. It’s like a positive feedback loop.
(3) Quitting Your Job is Scary, but Not Nearly as Scary as You Think
When I typed my resignation letter I admit I paused for a few minutes before I clicked “send”.
I imagined my son, my wife and all the people who depend on me. I thought about how this decision would narrow my options for a while since the fat salary I enjoyed allowed me to do basically whatever I wanted when I was off, and I reflected that this decision would alter the course of the rest of my life.
In the end, I drew a deep breath and I hit “send”. A wave of liberation swept through my body and a warm, tingling glow overcame me.
Of course, I still had to face down my fears. The best way to do this is to focus on solutions to the problems. Let the fear motivate you, but don’t let it get a grip and control you. Everyone, including me, has moments of self-doubt when we want to retreat to safe land, but in the end you have to push forward and do what you set out to do.
When you get through the fear, and when you figure out how to let it fuel your growth rather than paralyze you, then success will come.
(4) The World is Massively Abundant
Having a job instills a certain mindset in you. This mindset of scarcity and fear is actually fostered by your bosses and overlords as it benefits them to keep you on the chain making money for them.
When you have a job you think “I’m lucky to have this job” and “What the heck would I do if I quit?” These types of mindset are pervasive in most people and few, if any, ever break free from them.
Yet when you actually take the leap of faith and walk away from your masters, you will find there is endless opportunity. This is even truer today with the global nature of the internet. Within three months of starting I have clients in Australia, Russia, The Philippines, Singapore and more.
Anyone who has ever started a site or a blog knows the power of the internet. The amount of people who find your site or blog from around the world is astounding at first. We truly live in a world of connectivity and if you offer something of value, the people who need it will find you.
This abundance mindset helps to overcome the fear.
(5) You Have Resources You Don’t Even Know About
Do you know what happens when you put someone in a do or die situation?
99 times out of 100, people, including you, will find a way.
I lied to myself for years that I would grow my business on the side and make a living online and reach a sustainable level before I quit my job for good.
The only problem was, my job took so much of my time and energy that I literally had nothing in the tank to keep going with when I got home. After working an entire month on the rigs without a day off I needed to just sleep for a week, then socialize, and before I knew it I was going back.
Nobody is a machine, and nobody has unlimited time and energy. However, when you put yourself under the gun and go for it by burning your bridges and leaving yourself with no retreat, you will tap into infinite resources you’ve had all of your life but never knew about.
Some of those things are: creativity, generating ideas, forming new strategies, deep & ceaseless motivation, better time management skills, the ability to learn faster, and more.
You will never really tap into these things until you have to. That’s why it’s a good idea to put yourself in a situation where you have no other choice but to succeed.
I still recommend keeping your job until you have a financial cushion of at least a years living expenses. That’ll buy you the time you need to get moving and take your business or service to the next level.
(6) The Growth is Better than the Money
I used to be a very money-oriented guy.
I still value money, and I love the smell of green dollar bills just the same as the next guy.
However, money is no longer my primary motivation.
Apart from providing security for my family and having enough to fund adventures, I don’t need much more. I believe a 10k a month salary is enough for anyone, and you can probably live a basically unlimited life here in Asia on 5k or so.
What motivates me now more than anything is personal growth. I want to be stronger, faster, better at my craft. I want to read phenomenal works of literature and improve my understanding of the world. I want to learn new skills and understand new topics. When I quit my job I found I had an abundance of time and energy to pursue these things.
Since quitting the corporate grindstone, I’ve found that I have a lot more time, even if I have less cash, to do the things which make life really rich.
I still need x amount to pay my bills and there’s no way in hell I would ever want to be broke again or live like the poor people I see begging in the streets everyday. Once my basic needs are met, however, which I can take care of in just a few hours of work a day, I can spend the rest of my time on personal growth.
This has added a rich new element into my life. It will do the same for you.
So, Was It Worth It to Quit My Job?
Overall, I highly recommend quitting your job and blazing your own trail, once you have a basic financial security net set up.
I had no idea how much working for a corporation changed me until I quit. To a certain extent I lost touch with who I am and my values were altered. I feel myself coming back now and I’m glad I made the decision.
Quitting is scary, no doubt about it. However, as a wise man once said:
“I want to quit my job, but I’m afraid” – Too many people
Everything you want is on the other side of fear
It’s fear that keeps us trapped and it’s fear we’ve got to overcome to live the type of life we desire.
That’s the biggest thing I’ve learned.
Is it time for you to learn it, too?
Desire. Decide. Persist.