“How do you know it’s the right time to quit your full-time job?” is a question I get asked a ridiculous amount. Couldn’t even count! Obviously, if you’re wondering the same… YOU. ARE. NOT. ALONE.
- Maybe you’re already building a business on the weekends? #SideHustle
- Perhaps you have a deep passion to pursue your dream, but it’s just that… a dream.
- What if you’ve been offered a new job, that sounds more up your alley, but it’s half your current salary?
I mean, how are you supposed to know when to make that leap?
Listen. I’m digging deep for you, Lifers. Writing from my heart as my brain directs my fingertips on the keyboard here. And the director is really running the show, right?
Quit BEFORE you are certain it’s the right thing to do.
But, I know, you want a specific number, a date, a formula, and a 1,000 page blueprint – before such an impulsive move. The problem is, it’s going different for every single person!
For example, I’m recalling a conversation with Steve Kamb, founder of Nerd Fitness. He told me that he just knew he wasn’t doing what he was supposed to be doing. He quit his job with no backup plan other than a blog. That was the catalyst. Him saying, “I just have to DO this!” He, then, produced his first e-book within a very short period of time. Why? Because there was no cushion there.
Having a security blanket will play tricks with your dreams every single time.
What about you?
Maybe you have kids and a family or child support or other responsibilities that you just cannot quit.
I feel. But! I personally know that when you are passionate, and wake up every day on fire to do something… you will be heads above your current status (i.e., the job you want to leave). Trying to do multiple things at once is not the answer.
It’s all about quality of life, right?
There’s a great saying by John Burroughs, “Leap and the net will appear.”
Let’s say you take that leap and quit today. Maybe your income drops a little bit or a lot a bit. If you wake up, though, without that heavy-in-the-gut feeling of “I’m going to talk myself through this job another day!” – then I think that is a form of currency.
As Jen Sincero says in You Are A Badass, “Money is currency and currency is energy.”
Why don’t you shift your energy to where you’d like it to be? There’s the question of the day.