Welcome to episode 15 of coffee with Robbie.
Today I am going to be talking about a topic that is very dear to many people. I am going to be talking about quitting your job. Many people have come close to quitting but have never pulled the trigger. Today I am going to talk about five different ways quitting you job will change your life.
I quit my job in the early part of 2012. It is by far, the best decision that I have ever made in my life. I am going to talk about, how it will actually change your life.
IT FORCES YOU HAVE A LIFE CRISIS
It may be quarter life crises, mid-life crisis or crisis in your old age. It has forced me to re-evaluate my life, my career and my relationships. It has caused me to re-evaluate everything that I thought I knew. It was one of the best things that have happened to me. I have learned so much about myself. I have learnt how to make money and why other people should pay me money.
IT FORCES YOU TO FOCUS ON WHAT YOU ARE GOOD AT
It forces you to focus on your strengths. I have always recommended that, the way to make money is to focus on what you are good at. Many people have said that. Now, I know what that means. Now, I know what my strengths are and what they are not.
Now, I am tuned in to what I could offer people. If I was asked to do something, I will simply say. I am sorry. I cannot offer that to you. Whether, it is in an interview or a business environment. It has payed off by just being able to know “this is what I am good at and this is what I can offer. That happened because I quit my job. I did not find that out through my normal 9-5 job.
IT FORCES YOU TO GET INVOLVED WITH COMMUNITY AND BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS
When I quit my job in 2012. I went from consulting in IT to being an entrepreneur. I thought I knew what technology was. It was a different world for me. I moved from implementing technology to actually creating technology and companies. I struggled quite a bit. My network from my previous life was so different from this life. I did not know anybody.
I took 250 coffee meetings in 400 days.
That was the best thing I had ever done by taking those meetings. Now, I do not take as many meetings because I do not need to. It has gotten me a lot closer to the community here in Chicago and elsewhere. I have built great relationships because of it. If I did not quit my job. I would not have taken those coffee meetings. Because, I did not need to.
By quitting, it forced me to build that community. By going to different Chicago events with companies that are integrated into the community. Being connected is amazing. I am better off because of it.
IT FORCES YOU TO BECOME EXTREMELY GOOD WITH YOUR FINANCES
I was never good with my finances. I did not know where my money went. I thought I knew what I was spending monthly. Mortgage, rent and telephone bills. It was never so detailed until I became an entrepreneur.
I had never really looked at my bank account so much as I did when I became an entrepreneur. I did not know where my next paycheck would come from.
Not only did it force me to learn how to make money, it forced me to see how I could control my spending. It forced me to re-evaluate what I was spending on my mortgage, my taxes. It has forced me to become much more savvy with my finances. I am a better person because of it.
I DO NOT WISH TO GO BACK TO MY OLD JOB
Nobody has ever said to me that he or she wished they could go back to their old jobs. Being able to be independent. Looking at other jobs, you want to be a part of. Quitting does not mean you are on your own.
You can join other companies or other startup companies and become a much better person because of that. If I did not quit I would have never learnt these things, I would have never learnt marketing. I learnt marketing out of necessity because I needed to promote my book. I had no idea how to promote my book. By taking a leap of faith. It has helped me out.
Now, I can look at my old job and say” that was great, I learnt a lot from that but I will never go back” you can always go back to your former job for financial reasons but many people do not because they have moved passed that.
IF you are thinking about quitting your job, you will earn these five great things after you quit. Thank you very much.
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