It was a Tuesday morning at my day job around 8:50 AM when I would make the big decision to leave and ultimately be my own boss as most people would say. I told myself it’s now or never. I could continue to work there and do the same thing over and over as I had done for the past three and a half years. Or I could leave the job and start to implement all of my business knowledge and wisdom I had accumulated for the past five or so years.
I carried around business, motivational, and self-development audio books on my phone (and then an mp3 player as the company became more strict with policy). I would consume a book in a day or two while at work, sometimes a few books if they were as short as John Maxwell usually writes them. I also loved to listen to seminars and sermons such as Jim Rohn’s Weekend Leadership seminar and Jentezen Franklin’s Sunday messages. This was a great way for me to expand my self-growth and knowledge while my machine at work would do it’s thing.
Anyways, I felt I had plateaued in what I was doing as well as my earnings and I decided that I needed to make a big change and leave the company to work for myself. I didn’t have much of a plan after my two weeks notice finished up, but I had already been doing so many other things outside of work. My main thought was that I would be able to take what I was doing after work and start pushing for full-time work on them.
At the moment of this post, I run an eBay store, I have a computer repair and web design business, and a few other things on top of my volunteer work. It’s been about a month since I have left my day job and I have learned many lessons, but I’ll write about the top three lessons that I think have the greatest impact thus far.
1. You have to hustle all the time.
Hustling does not stop after 5pm. It does not stop when you get tired. And it does not stop on the weekends. You have to do whatever it takes if you want to go wherever you dream of going. You have to do what most people won’t do in order to live like most people can’t. This will mean skipping parties and hangouts with friends. It could mean going to bed late and waking up earlier than you want. But if that’s what you have to do, then that’s what you need to do.
“You can’t have a million-dollar dream with a minimum-wage work ethic.”
2. You have to be diligent with your time.
Time management is a crucial skill to learn. We all get the same 24 hours in a day but we don’t all use these 24 hours the same. People who have poor time management skills are usually the ones who are late with deadlines and appointments, work quality is sub par, and are usually stressed out. Those with strong time management skills are the ones who are able to get more done (in less time as well). Their time management allows them to increase their careers and opportunities, and they’re generally less stressed as a result.
When I left my job, I had to take inventory of my time and what I was spending it on. Was there a place I was spending too much free time on? Was one of my businesses suffering due to my lack of time spent on it? Was I spending too much time on social media or hanging out with friends? These all came into play. I had to cut back on some volunteer work to make sure that I was spending enough time on work that helped pay the bills. It’s very important to be plugged into your community and volunteer, but you can only give so much before you have to reinvest in yourself. You have to make sure your personal needs are taken care of before you can go and help someone else. Some people would say that this is selfish, but it’s not.
“You can’t give what you don’t have”
3. People will dislike you.
This might sound a bit arrogant, but when I left my job, people either got jealous or they started to dislike me (probably a combination of both). Some people kept saying “you’re going to lose everything you have because you have no job.” I’m the guy who left the 9 to 5 lifestyle to go out into the world and work for a lifestyle that others only dreamed of living. I personally know that there is so much more out there in this world than your job will have you thinking. And the thought of this made people dislike me. And to that I say “that’s ok.” It’s ok if they don’t view your visions and understand where you are going. It’s ok because what they say and think is simply a reflection of who they are, NOT who you are. It’s a reflection of their character, not yours.
When people come up to me and say such nonsense, I don’t try to explain to them my vision. They’re not ready for that. That’s for another day. I simply just smile and cut the conversation short. Works like a charm.
“Don’t let someone dim your light simply because it’s shining in their eyes.”
I’ve learned a lot since I left my job and I continue to learn more as I progress towards my written goals and achievements. Hard work, time management, and having the right people around you will propel you to unimaginable places. If this story resonates with you, I would love to hear from you! Send me a message HERE so that I can read it.