7 Things I've Learned Since Quitting My Job
This time last year (11th August 2017) was my last day at work.
I'd handed my notice in without a plan and after working a 2 month notice period, I was still plan-less. I just new it was time to do something else, to make a change and to leave but I had no idea what the next step was. I had gotten to that point that so many people do with their jobs, I was comfortable and happy most of the time and I knew that I could easily stay there for years to come and have a nice time but I also knew that if I was prepared to take a risk, that I could achieve so much more. I was ready to let go of things like "fine" "nice" "ok" and start living "challenging" "exciting" "incredible".
This last year has been nothing like I'd imagined. It's been better and it's been worse. But I'm sitting here today on the 11th of August 2018 feeling so happy and knowing that through it all, there hasn't been one second of regret.
Here are the 7 lessons I've learned since quitting my job:
1. Let go of the idea of what "it" should look like
If you'd asked me 12 months ago what the next year would look, my vision wouldn't have been anywhere close to the reality - for the good and the bad. Don't try and make freelance life fit in with your vision, let it unfold and go with the flow. When I first left my job and finished my training, I worked one day a week doing admin for someone to support myself whilst I built my coaching business. Once you're trying to build your own business, you'll do anything to make it work but I think looking back, if I'd have known that ahead of time, I would have used it as an excuse as to why I wasn't ready.
2. You're capable of so much more than you think
I have been pushed out of my comfort zone constantly and it turns out, I can handle it - and so can you! It might be comfy and safe in your comfort zone but it's true what they say, this is not where the magic happens! I've grown, developed, done and achieved things I would never of imagined when I was living in my comfort zone.
3. There are so many more options of things to do than you can see now
Once you're not in an environment where everyone is doing and thinking the same as you, the possibilities of things you can do, open up.
I had an idea of what I wanted to do, buried somewhere deep beneath all the "reasons why I couldn't do it" but I couldn't even begin to think about how I could make it work. Since leaving my job, I've been in a totally different space, both mentally and psychically . It's opened up my mind to what's possible. I've moved from an environment where we all think the same, are working towards similar things, the next pay rise, bonus, appraisal, promotion and so that's how our minds worked. It's perfect in that context but outside of that, so much more seems to be possible.
4. It's not going to be perfect
There are times when it's been really hard and it's far from perfect. I like to describe it as a giant wheel that I've been pushing. For the first few months, it felt as though there were pieces missing and so every time I pushed it, it would stop rolling and I'd have to give it another push. Everything felt like hard work. But slowly, the wheel has started to roll without constant pushing!
6. You can live on far less than you think you can.
When I got my first job I was making about £20,000 a year, every penny of which was spent each month. By the time I left, I was making far more than that but each month, I still spent it all!
You live on what you have. This last year, I've barely done any shopping, the only thing I buy is books and I'm OK with that. Gone are the days of endless ASOS shopping at my desk and I'm so happy about it. I've cut the constant ubers, holidays and lates, with surprising ease! I've learned that I didn't need all of that stuff and that when you're building a business you love, you happily make sacrifices. It turns out, that it's true what they say, money doesn't buy you happiness and those material things are easily let go of.
7. You will never feel "ready"
This point just doesn't come. I still don't feel ready now, and I'm a year in. Waiting to be ready is just a procrastination tool.