These are some of the conversations I have had when I took the decision to quit before having a foolproof plan.
“Quit after you have enough savings! Don’t jump into situations. “
“Why do you want to take the most stressful way out? Why can’t you wait for the perfect idea to pop into your head?”
All of them are logical. People who said this do really care. However, If I did everything based on logic alone, I would have reasonable savings, a reasonable job and a reasonable life. But, I don’t just want a reasonable life!
The last thing I want people to say when I die is “He was such a reasonable person who lead a reasonable life!” Now that would hurt.
I am not saying everyone should follow what I did. But, there are a few reasons why I was able to quit early. Here are 5 reasons I had for to convince myself.
1. You know time is the most precious resource you have
Anything that you lost and cannot regain is what precious is. Being out of money or being out of a job or reputation can always change depending on the work you are ready to put in. Time is not going to come back to you.
2. You do your best work when under pressure
The pressure of not having a job can be a way to force yourself out of procrastinating. You need to create the appropriate circumstances around you in order to be able to achieve what you want to achieve.
I need a strong reason to get up in the morning. The pressure of getting to a place that I envision helps me work harder and faster towards it. I get a kick out of it.
3. You live life now not tomorrow
It can be really hard to be effectively thinking and being creative when you don’t see a future in a certain place. Living a harder life today and feeling alive is more important than living an easier life.
The question is not if you have chance to grow into better positions within your current job. The question is “When will you start living the life you want to live?”
I like to live life towards what I want and not against them. Forcing yourself to live a life that you don’t want in order to achieve something completely different does not make sense to me. It just makes me feel disloyal while at my job.
4. You don’t like where you are going
Imagine you got a promotion and got to work on top of your current boss’s role. imagine your salary doubled. Imagine your days off have increased to unlimited! Would you then want to stay?
If your answer is yes, you should probably stay. I realized I would feel even more regret if that happened. My fear was I was growing with the job I had. I was good at what my job was. This meant I would keep doing it. When I pictured where I will be in 10 years time, I felt disgust for that me.
5. You love the unpredictability Factor
Most people are risk averse. I tend to be wired the other way round. I like the fact that life is going to be unpredictable and different everyday. I am not dreaming of simply being an overnight success.
Material things or reputation does not bother me as much as following what I want out of life. I don’t mind the unpredictability in the short run. In fact, I strangely enjoy it.
To wrap it up
If you don’t like something, you have the power to change it. It depends on the level of importance of what you are sacrificing. Keep life fascinating by quitting when you want to without putting the people you are responsible for at immediate risk.