Working the same job for 30 years sounded like a nightmare to me.
Yes, the benefits and paid vacations were nice. So was the 6% 401(k) matching contributions.
But the thought of doing the same thing five days a week until I was old made me cringe.
So six years ago I quit.
When I quit I knew I was trading a sense of security for a life of freedom.
I would no longer be able to call in sick when I wasn’t feeling well or be able to count on a steady paycheck.
But life is about tradeoffs and it was a tradeoff I was willing to make. And I’m so glad I did.
And I’m not going to lie, it hasn’t been all sunshine and roses.
At times it’s been very hard. We’ve weathered financial storms and dealt with the stress that comes from running your own business when you have three young kids.
But I would also be lying if I told you it wasn’t worth it.
Over these past six years I’ve got to spend almost every day with my family. No waking up early and driving to work while the wife and kids are still asleep. No getting home after 6pm and missing out on not seeing my kids all day.
I get to see them at breakfast, on my breaks, at lunch and as soon as I stop working. And I love it.
I also have freedom to work when I want and for who I want. I love that.
So today I just wanted to take a moment to reflect on that and be thankful.
And I don’t know what your situation is so I can’t tell you if quitting your job is right for you. But it was for me.
But I do want to encourage you to not let fear rule your life.
That doesn’t mean you make stupid choices, but sometimes your choices “appear” to be stupid to others. And that’s ok. Don’t worry about what others think or say.
You are responsible for your own life. Live it well. If that means quitting your job so you can start your own business working from home then do it!
You’ll never know if it will work unless you try.