How To Get Over Your Fear Of Quitting Your Job
There was less fear than there was pure unadulterated outrage at my disposition with a 9 to 5.[I’m sorry, this blog post is in response to quora question “How Do You Get Over Your Fear Of Quitting Your Job To Start A Startup“. Wordpress SEO won’t let me have such a long title name.]
This might not just be me, but before I quit I was on a nonstop binge of podcasts or blog posts by Pat Flynn, Tim Ferris, Ramit Sheti, etc. It was to hype myself up and it took a whole year to hype myself before D day. It also took over a year because I needed to save up money before I quit (I am not THAT reckless). This might not work for everyone – but it worked for me.
So let your outrage dominate your fear.
Be outraged for the following reasons:
1) You will most likely be underpaid in comparison to company profits. They need to pay you less than what you are worth because hey – how else will they pay all that overhead + make a profit? You are happily slaving away trying to prove yourself anyway… no need to interrupt you with an abrupt raise (just yet).
2) Most businesses close at 5PM. When you are done working. How can you have time to do anything else outside of work? (Like chores? Go to the bank? Go to the dentist?) That’s right – you either have to wait for the weekend or you have to take time off of work.
3) There is no guarantee you have your position forever. So your house + livelihood + everymonthlysubscriptiony
It’s important not to be outraged at the players (your boss and coworkers) but be outraged at THE GAME.
You are simply getting out of the game by choosing not to participate any longer.
Remember this: You can still have a successful business while being employed full time for someone else. You don’t have to quit, really. Why quit? Maybe when your successful business requires more of your time and/or you can realistically imagine a better lifestyle once you quit.
It may be different for everyone but for me quitting was possible because:
1) I saved up enough to quit without breaking down mentally.
2) I started it while I was doing a full time sales job. I wanted to see if it was even possible for me to do it.
3) I could’ve worked for another year two (and I should’ve..would’ve…could’ve…) but I wasn’t tied down by “golden handcuffs”. If you have a very cushy job than I would consider sticking around while building your business on the side until it makes you just as much as you would be making at your regular job.
Fears I still have:
1) People would not take me too seriously as I am a “girl” in a male dominated industry. I have no prior knowledge of car parts. I knew it works because I saw it worked with others and I myself tested it while I was still fully employed. But even after I started the business and it is mildly successful – I have yet to update my Linkedin profile. I’ve yet to make it professional public and I do not feel the need to ever make it public (Unless I’m in my fifties and I am talking about a business I started yonder ago when I was a wee 20 something that blossomed into a multi-million dollar company). I only started talking about the website half a year after its launch. When a customer calls in and hears my voice they demand to speak to “anyone over there who knows about car parts” because I am immediately written off (do I sound THAT OUTSOURCED?). How do I get over this hump? I am a small fish in a big sea and I don’t feel the need to get over any hump. I just want to swim.
2) Being isolated (instead of being actively surrounded by great minds) might degrade me mentally. My companions are shop guys who prefer to keep the conversations to the chicks they bang. There are still… friends from afar. And the internet.
Inspired by James Altucher, I am now answering questions on Quora because I want to become a better writer & Quora is a goldmine of ideas/questions I can just pick and choose from as topics for my blog posts.
I’ll post first. And then apologize for it later. (Did you notice in this blog post I used “than” vs. “then” CORRECTLY? Yup. I try.)