On August 16th 2019, I left my full time corporate job; I quit! I decided to follow my dreams and I’m sticking to it.
I know what you are thinking– “typical” millennial.
Millennials, we are lazy. We know nothing of hard work; we have unrealistic goals, because we are stuck in fairy tale land “blah, blah,blah”. I bet you also secretly think we are ambitious and inspiring. Who in this economy has the balls to leave their job and follow their passion? We do.
Since I have adopted the entrepreneur mindset, I hear the criticism loud and clear, daily: “who does she think is”: “lord, she doesn’t need to quit her day job”.
Weighing the options of stability and possibility
My favorite thing people say is, “you need a job”, even if you hate it because “stability is better than freedom and freedom ain’t free.”
The pandemic put my dreams on hold but I’m still hopeful
Here is the deal back in 2019, I didn’t want to work a job that I hated, sacrificing my health and youth for a few bucks an hour. I didn’t want to work a dead-end- job behind a computer screen unable to level up. But Covid came and put me and the fitness industry in a tough spot, I’m still grinding and still hopeful that I will achieve my dreams.
The Fear of Failure
What is your greatest fear? Besides the dark, mine is wasted potential and failure.
It took me two years to muster up the courage to quit my job. I wanted to quit my job on the first day! I knew accepting this job wasn’t what I wanted to do. But I did it anyway. Why? Because I needed the money and I needed to be a grown up.
It also took many years to finally realize my untapped potential and force my talent outward instead of bottling it inward.
The generation before us told us to get a good job with benefits and work until you can afford to retire comfortably. How is that working out in this pandemic? Unemployment is at an all time high and everyone is waiting for another stimulus check. I guess they forgot to tell us good jobs are hard to come by. So in reality, during this time, the traditional route and the unconventional route will still be a tough road to travel.
The Silver Lining in my decision
I have failed many times but throughout all my failures, I realized that I can’t let the fear of failure deter me. Failing early in my life, though devastating, made me gritter. But who said I truly failed?
Failure is measured by your definition of success. If you allow others to define your success you will never succeed. The silver lining is that you determine your success and you have the power of choice to achieve what you truly want.
The risk of quitting a full-time employment
I made the choice to leave my job, I never knew that a pandemic would come 6 months later. I wasn’t ready for that, but I still own my decision. I chose creativity and freedom over comfort and stability. I haven’t made nearly the same amount of money that I made at my corporate job and I’m okay with that.
I knew that if I didn’t leave then that I was going to suffocate. I didn’t want to end up stuck like everyone else that I knew, stuck in a 10 year rut. Other than stability and security, I do miss health benefits, the pay, and office, and my coworkers, but I don’t miss the stress, the back pain from sitting on my bum all day, the long hours, micro-managing, and busy work. Leaving all that was a risk that I was willing to take.
I would rather be doing something I love–underpaid and happy than working for a check and depressed! I had to have that epiphany to feel the fear and do it anyway. Quitting my job was a huge risk, but it was the best decision I ever made!
Wish me luck,
Post updated 2/26/2021