I hated my job, and I’ve never felt accomplished by working for someone else. Almost all the creative people had left the company. The place had become a toxic environment filled with brown-nosers trying to get into management roles at any price.
It was a cold, grey day in December 2016 when I was told that I have to switch teams and do some meaningless work from now on. This was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
I drove home. It was Friday noon, but I decided to take the rest of the day off. I went out for a run, and after the first mile, I stopped and wrote a brief email to my manager that said:
“I quit. Let’s talk on Monday.”
It was so deliberating!
It was a planned move. I put aside enough money to support us for at least one year, and I had several sources of income.
Although these side-projects did not replace my salary yet, the trend was promising. Originally I planned to wait for a couple of months more and see how profitable the online course business becomes. But I couldn’t wait a single second more! That place made me literally sick. I had to bite the bullet and take the plunge.
Fast forward 36 months
Quitting the 9-to-5 was my best decision ever!
In the past three years, I’ve been passionately working on projects I love. I published six books and 14 online classes on six different platforms. My YouTube channel grew from 0 to 1.6k subscribers, and my blog receives over 1,000 visits per week.
I’ve built everything from scratch. Had I not quit, I would still be an unhappy, frustrated employee*.
Instead, I’ve spent the best three years of my life with my family and learned lots of new skills (presentation, video editing, sound engineering, acting, public speaking, and the list goes on).
Discover your calling. Keep improving yourself. Always work on side-projects and try to generate money. Have enough savings to sustain yourself for at least one year. Take the leap if your job is unfulfilling, and you feel motivated and disciplined enough to work for yourself. But first, test the waters.
(*) Last year there was a massive downsizing at my former company. They cut more than 4,000 jobs, including my entire department (about 80 people).