Step Five: Decide What to Do Next
I took myself to the bookstore after I quit and walked myself over to the business section. I wanted to find a book that told me how to get my dreams. I hoped for a book that would give me my next steps to finding success and being happy. I looked for a book that would give me all of my answers.
There are a lot of books in that section that will inspire you. There are books about other people who hustled so they could quit their day jobs. Books about billionaire businessmen and lady bosses. Startup guides for success and how to make millions while working from home. The famous “4 hour workday”.
I’m a person with millions of dreams for my future. Some days I want to be a stay-at-home momma, other days a corporate executive. In the fall I want to own a farm , in the summer I want to work in Disney World.
I’ve written business plans to open my own store, I’ve started and trashed countless drafts of new books. I’ve applied to graduate programs and I’ve spoken with recruiters about joining the peace corps.
At the end of the day though, I went to college. Got some diverse experience to fill my resume, and I settled myself into a comfortable, stable, predictable job in an office barely an hour away from my hometown.
I didn’t take a risk. I didn’t force myself to keep growing. I lost my motivation to do much more in my life than to keep getting up, going to work, and doing it all over again each day.
The only thing standing between me and having all of my big crazy dreams? Me and my fear. My and my anxiety. Me and my doubts.
So you know what I had to do to get them going?
I ran head on into all of those feelings. I ran to them, embraced them, and decided I wanted to feel this way for the rest of my life.
I don’t want to live another day secure in what my future is going to look like. I decided against feeling confident that I knew exactly what I was doing. I chose do things that scared me rather than stay with the same only skills I’ve mastered.
I applied to grad school and I’m due to hear back any day now. I’m applying to jobs all over the country and I’m looking to pour more of myself into things that make me happy.
You know the best part about all of this though?
That you can do this too. That this big crazy all-or-nothing lifestyle is one you can have. I’m not going to say that it’s easy or that it’s going to work out for you the way it has for me.
In all honesty, I still don’t know if it’s going to work out for me yet either. I’m taking a risk, I’m doing my best to live life without a backup plan. I may settle down into another job that looks stable, but if it brings joy to my daily life, I won’t complain.
What do you think? Ready to quit your job too? What are your next steps?
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
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