Here’s a great article by Fitz Villafuerte from Ready To Be Rich on the 5 things you can do when you hate your job, but you can’t afford to quit.
The article reminded me of how I personally felt when I was contemplating the same things not too long ago. Being happily “unemployed” and a full-time business owner now for almost 5 years, I can say there’s help at the end of the tunnel 🙂 I remember asking myself then, “is this all there is to life…” and while I do loved my work, there were so many things I wanted to explore more.
It took me years to make that decision, and even after submitting my resignation letter I still had doubts whether I would make it or not…One thing that helped me going was when I asked my wife about it, she simply replied back, “ikaw, kaya mo pa ba ng isa pang taon? (kung nasaan ka ngayon)” I knew the answer was a resounding “NO”.
It was the moment of truth. I had better find out for myself if I can make it without a job or not. I gave myself 6 months to see if it would work. If not, I can still go back, find another job perhaps with a little less pay but nevertheless, I knew it will not be the end of the world for me. I closed my eyes, and decided to jump…and the rest as they say is history.
I wish I could say it was easy, but it is not hard either. It is simply realizing that not having a job means you value something else — the FREEDOM to dictate life in your own terms, how to use your own time, direct your efforts, and invest your money.
The good news is there’s help out there once you decide to commit. As William Hutchison Murray said,
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
I wish you well. See you on the other side. Cheers to your success!