I have not quit my job. For the time being, I plan on keeping my identity mostly anonymous. I’ve had a lot of ups and downs over the years work wise and this is what prompted me to finally start this blog. I just think there are too many good stories out there that need to be shared. We don’t all just dive into leaving our careers. Some of us dip a toe into the water to see what the reality may be before we dive.
I could never stand to have an office job. In college, I interned at an investment bank (somehow working 35 hours a week on top of going to school full time). I found the fluorescent lights sickening, the outfits horrifying and my boss even worse. I am pretty sure I was clinically depressed afterwards. I thought that I wanted to work in that type of environment because my mother had always worked on Wall Street and seemed to really enjoy her career. What’s good for the goose is not always good for the gander, I learned.
I decided to think about a future that would give me flexibility, money and a challenge AND would be primarily out of an office. I stepped into sales…or I should say I tripped, scraped my knee and eventually stepped into sales. I was able to make decent money and have the flexibility that I wanted. I turned out to really thrive in a sales environment and enjoyed the daily change of pace.
The thing is, I’ve always wanted to work for myself. As job greedy as it sounds to say the flexibility isn’t enough, you get to a certain point in your career where you are just tired of hearing everyone else’s BS. You make observations and suggest easy fixes in places where it can take three years to move the corporate ship even one, one millionth of an inch. So your mind starts to wander. You start to dream about other careers and of course are heavily influenced by the glorious posts on social media about how great life is after moving on. I know that I have always come up with about 17 different shark tank ideas whenever I start to get discouraged at work. I have come up with so many different products and services and once wrote a blog and started a forum on a topic I knew nothing about (parenting). They say necessity is the mother of invention but it seems to be especially true when you are hoping for a career change. I know we’ve all fantasized about leaving our jobs at one point or another but I feel that at this point I am probably an expert in fantasizing all the various ways I would leave and what I would do afterwards. If doing something for 10,000 hours makes you an expert on the topic surely I am up to the task of writing about this.