Quitting my job is probably one of the scariest things I've ever done. Nope, I think it is the scariest thing I've ever done. It was definitively the right decision. A decision that was long overdue.
I always knew I wanted to do my own thing. The last few years I loved what I did because I already had quit my job as a nursery school teacher and started working independently for families offering my childcare services. Regardless the fact that this job gave me a freedom and independence most people I know don't have, I knew I wanted something more. I needed new challenges and a sense of security that felt more authentic to me.
The simple thought of owning my own business and executing my own childcare program exited me but somehow I would find myself getting comfortable and convincing myself that the time just wasn't right. Most times than not money was good. The children and family I worked with were great to me, my weekends were always off and at least two days a week I got to sleep in late. I was doing alright. Except that, I really was't. I was't growing.
So I quit my job. I quit my job with a plan. Not another job. Just a plan.
Crazy? maybe. Liberating? absolutely!
Since that day when I decided to give my notice on the train ride to work I have learnt a lot.
Here are some of the lessons I have picked up since not having a steady paycheck coming my way. This might serve of inspiration if you are a risk-taker like myself.
The "right time" is a myth.
I heard about starting your business at the "right time" or quitting your job at the "right time". I waited for the "right time". It was a no show. It's a myth!
Stop wasting your time packing your bag just so because like I've said the train you've been waiting for is already waiting for you.
In the beginning nothing is perfect. Shortcomings are guaranteed. All you need is the courage to take the step.
If you feel like it's what you want then do it!
People will think you're out of your mind.
Everyone will think and tell you you're crazy. They'll say you are risking too much because people doubt others can do what they doubt they can do themselves.
Live by your own definition of success and show the naysayers that there is more to life than compliance to other's approval.
It is a process so give yourself and your new business or idea time to develop.
The beginning might not be easy breezy but if you tap into the experience at hand you'll enjoy the process.
I know you have big dreams and ambitions for your new business or idea but like a baby it needs time to grow.
At first even the simplest things like making ends meet will be a challenge. Have patience. Work hard. It'll come.
Which brings me to...
You'll learn how to eat uncertainty for breakfast.
Seriously, at breakfast you won't know how the day or the week will unfold. But don't worry. The only thing you should know is your work schedule. I have mapped out the milestones I wish to accomplish for my business and the time I want to accomplish them for. Push for greatness but when it all doesn't happen just as planned adjust and keep on going.
You will learn how to cope with the idea of not having steady income flowing to you just yet and as a result you'll be fearless...or at least soon enough you will.
Invincibility mode on! Keep pushing!
You'll learn to be happy and grateful regardless of how your bank account looks.
That simple. You'll miss money and now you'll value it more too. That's a good thing. This will push you to work harder for your goals and true financial independence.
You'll become more responsible and punctual than you ever thought possible.
Now you take all the credit but also all the blame and you know it. Everything is at stake here and the challenge keeps you up and running towards your vision.
It's amazing what you can accomplish when you actually believe in what you're working for.
Welcome a more focused and productive you!
You can do as you please. No. Really. You can.
This one feels like a bite of chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream on top. Oh so delish!
Yes you will work hard and no you won't be suddenly rich but you have freedom and you can do as you please. The freedom to set your hours. The privilege to maybe take a coffee break before your next task. You can now make that personal phone call without having to whisper or even get that workout in before you go give out those flyers.
No one to answer to. No one to impress. Just you and your goals on a tailored made schedule that works for your own needs.
You'll understand that the key to fulfillment is not change but growth.
Maybe the single biggest lesson I have picked up so far. My source of happiness since being my own boss. Growth!
Every time you learn something new you'll feel the expansion. Your fulfillment will have to do less with money and/or a title and more on personal triumphs that no one else might ever know about. You will start noticing the many untapped resources within you and new challenges will be your new hobby.
The road to success can be lonely
I wish this wasn't part of success but it's true. While you're up before the sun setting up for your day, most people will be resting. When you're perfecting that flyer, lesson plan or whatever you're working on, most others might be out in town. And those very tough days when you just feel exhausted but it's still only the beginning of what you know will be a life time investment of yourself, there might not be anyone who understands what you're doing or how you're feeling.
When this happens don't get discouraged! Find resources. Read, move, cry and do anything you need to give yourself a break!
As my lovely and absolutely wonderful friend said to me recently- "Seriously don't stress. You're doing something awesome. And it is going to be great!" those were her exact words and o can't say it any better!
You'll take pride into what you do
Because you've worked so hard to be where are and because you are risking a lot to get the most you'll have pride into your product or service. Just like parents with their children you will feel the most wonderful sense of pride with every little step forward! It's an amazing thing and so worth it.
I'm still learning so much about the process of becoming an entrepreneur. I might have made a great amount of mistakes and I know more will come. I honestly can't wait because that's my schooling for being independent and kickass.
Do your thing my friends!