There are so many people out there that wish that they could leave their job and start something brand new. They want to do something for themselves instead of working for someone else, but most people will never end up doing that. It’s not because they can’t, it’s because they don’t know how they’re going to make it work. They don’t know what their end game is.
I’ve always been a rule-follower. I went to university right after high school and got my bachelors degree. I graduated from university and went right into the corporate world working for the government, a law firm and an accounting firm, among other like positions. Then I went on to pursue my Master’s degree.
My career path was your typical trajectory. Corner office, big corporate pay, fancy title. And I was well on my way. Until the day that I left.
There Had to Be Something More
My rule-following nature has made it so that I don’t ask a lot of questions. At least, not those that require anything more than getting the job done and solving the problem. But after switching to a new higher-paid job where the grass wasn’t really greener, I was feeling lost. I no longer loved waking up and commuting to an office where I sat in a cubicle under fluorescent lights for eight hours before going home and landing in front of the television for the next four hours. Then bed.
It wasn’t the life that I wanted. I knew there had to be something more.
So, I started to look elsewhere. How could I pursue a career that I loved but do it on my own terms? And, really, what was it that I loved?
I Started Doing What I Love
I’ve always spent hours upon hours on the computer. Watching TV, surfing the internet, hanging out on YouTube, connecting with the world outside of my four-block radius. So, I started to write. And it wasn’t long before I realized that I could make a legitimate career out of writing. So, I started taking on clients.
After I started writing on an occasional freelance basis, I realized I absolutely loved it. So, I started to pursue it more and more. I loved being paid for writing. I loved getting new clients, finding new projects and filling my time with a variety instead of doing the same thing over and over again.
One taste was all I needed. That was it.
So, I Quit My Job
I was at the end of my rope. I was tired of my corporate job, loving my freelance one, so I made a decision. I left my corporate job. And though working for yourself is hard, it’s also incredibly rewarding. I look at my life today, and I can’t figure out why I would want anything else.
Leaving my job was the best decision I’ve ever made. I don’t think I could take it back, even if I wanted to. Why give up my freedom?
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