I Quit My Job Without A Plan And Couldn’t Be Happier About It

I finally quit my job.  As of tomorrow afternoon I will no longer be employed.  I don’t have anything else lined up and I couldn’t be happier about it.  But, it did take some time to get to this point.

It Took A Year To Quit My Job

631_quit-my-jobI remember sitting in a Surprise! You’re in trouble! meeting and having my boss say to me

“We may never get to job love… but we can’t have job hate.  You’ll just have to find some way to get over it.”

And that I did.  

I realized I was spending my energy on all the wrong things.  If the best my company could hope for was to not have “job hate” I was definitely in the wrong place.

I set my sights on doing everything I could to move from Point A (a job I hated that drained my soul) to Point B (a job I love that fulfills a bigger purpose).

That was May of last year.  

Preparing To Quit Took Even Longer

Just a few months prior to that surprise meeting, Dane and I had committed to paying off all of our debt.  I am thrilled to say that in that time we have paid off two cars, two credit cards, old legal fees, and two childbirths.  

This is the single most important change we have made leading to my ability to quit my job to be an entrepreneur.  Owing money to lots of people severely limits the choices you can make about your life, what you do, how you do it, where you go, and who you meet.

Making the choice to only pay cash, not take out any new loans, and to consolidate all of our “extra money” into paying off our existing debt was difficult.  

It’s hard to say no when everyone around you is saying yes.  It sucks to get a large sum of money (in our case through bonuses, year end taxes, etc) and then turn around and give it all to someone else and have “nothing to show for it”.

Except that we do.

Because as of tomorrow night, we’ll have bought my freedom – and that’s worth more than anything I could ever buy in a store.

Why

I want to be in complete control of my life.  For me, that means not relying on a regular paycheck.  I know this is opposite of most people.  But, the problem with relying on a regular paycheck from your employer is that a) they control how much money you make and b) they can stop paying you any time they want to and they don’t even need a good reason.

Additionally, I want to make decisions based on what works best for me and for my family, not for someone else’s agenda.  And, I want the freedom to focus on the areas where I can make the biggest impact.  

This means staying true to my purpose – or the thing I would do even if I never made a single penny from it.

Stated simply, I use my focus and insight to inspire others to pursue ambitious ideas through result-oriented action.

Over the next several months this statement will guide the decisions I make in my business and in my life.  I will use my unique talent for reading and understanding people to motivate them to pursue bigger and better things for themselves and for their families by consciously choosing the actions that will move them from Point A to Point B.

How

Over the past several months I have invested countless hours teaching myself how to run an online business.  I mentioned last week that I joined Location Rebel in January.  If you have any interest in working whenever you want, from wherever you want, I highly recommend this program.  Seriously – that’s not an affiliate link.  As I make this change I will rely on the skills I have learned within that program to lay the groundwork of my business.

Additionally, I have immersed myself in literature about self-development, human motivation, and other information about what makes people do the things they do.

I spend all of my **busy time listening to podcasts and webinars on a vast range of  topics – copywriting, SEO, social media, content marketing – the list goes on and on. 

** Busy Time – time wasted doing mundane tasks like driving, laundry, dishes, cleaning

It sounds like a lot.  I know.  And the truth is, it is a lot.  But, as I said a couple weeks ago, when the pain of staying the same is worse than the pain of change, you’ll change.  

Everyone has a max out point and I hit mine several months ago.

I have since found that when fueled by the right desire, most of this doesn’t feel like work.  

I am willing to learn about SEO and site conversions, and segmented lists, and a million other things I never cared about or even heard of before – because it means that I can also do the things I am most passionate about.

What

You can expect to see some changes to my coaching packages in the next few months, as well as a new e-course focused solely on helping you stay accountable to your goals.

Also, some of our most loyal 631 readers have been invited to a new private 631 community.  Inside the community, members are verbally committing to specific goals and taking active steps to get there every day.  The feedback and encouragement in the group is unbelievable and I want you to be able to join in too.

If you’re interested, all you have to do is sign up for the 631 newsletter by putting your email address in the box on the right and hitting submit.  Once you’re on the list, you will get priority notification when the community opens up to new members.

Additionally, I have launched an online content business and will post more about that as soon as the site is up and running.  

As my life changes over the next few months I will share more and more of the entrepreneurial side of my journey with you because I truly believe it is the best way to have a life you love to live.  

Thank you so much for sharing this journey with me.  I am honored for you to be here.  I would love to know more about you, and what you’re doing to pursue your passion.  Please leave me a comment below and tell me what part of the journey you are on.

  • Brandy Nelson

    I’m incredibly happy for you! Seriously happy! Having been in job situations for the last 6 years of teetering on “job hate” and being endlessly frustrated, I can appreciate your new found freedom. Congratulations on paying down your debt and making it all happen. It’s grueling and requires so much discipline. Fantastic news!

    • http://sixthirtyone.com/ Missy Cooke

      Thanks Brandy!

  • Sarah Brown

    I’m impressed…and ridiculously proud of you for taking control. There’s nothing else to say about that. It’s amazing to see you really grab a hold of what you want. With small little baby steps, I am hoping to get there myself one day :o)

    I quit my job a year ago, under the guise of being a stay-at-home mom, and you’re absolutely right….when the best you can hope for is “not job-hate” then you’re doing the wrong thing. Since that time, I’ve enjoyed every minute of staying at home and Tony & I have been actively researching some other possible ways to bring in the second income, without compromising what we decided was important for our family (me being with Giuliana majority of the time.) I don’t remember a time when I was so happy. It’s not easy, but it is definitely more rewarding to know at the end of the day, that I’m not carrying around the tension and stress that comes with spending the majority of the day doing something your heart isn’t fully committed to.

    • http://sixthirtyone.com/ Missy Cooke

      You hit the nail on the head, Sarah. I’m not sure which is more beneficial – working my schedule around my girls so I can stay with them during the day… or not having to deal with the stress of a crappy job.