Ask yourself these three questions:
1.) Have I ever sat in my cubicle on a sunny day, looking out a window and wished that I was weed eating the grass outside like the landscaping crew instead of being locked up inside?
2.) Have I ever finished paying all my bills to find out I have no money for myself?
3.) Do I have to get approval from my boss to take a vacation?
If you would rather be outside and your career has left you broke then why not quit?
When the power is in the game and you suck at the game you can either get better at the game or quit. If you are not a good fit for the game, in this case corporate business, then you will never win. If you quit the game, then you take all of the power away from it and can start taking control of your life.
For example, after I quit my corporate job and my home was foreclosed I no longer had to fear losing my job that I needed to keep from losing my home. I no longer dreamed of being outside on a sunny Tuesday afternoon because, well, I was outside already. If an opportunity came up to leave town I didn’t have to ask permission. I was free. Yes, I had no regular income but when I had regular income I still had no money. I just distributed my money among the people and businesses that I owed.
Let me sum this up: I was working a job I hated to pay for a house and lifestyle I could not afford. I wanted freedom and I thought if I worked more hours and got a promotion I would get more freedom. Instead I spent more money because I hated my life and was looking for happiness through external things. I could never win at that game and out of frustration I quit. I took my ball and went home.
“Freedom, oh freedom”
Since I didn’t transition into something new, I didn’t have money coming in to pay my mortgage. My house was foreclosed and sold at an auction for $20,00o less than I owed. I think my private mortgage insurance settled that. The rest of my credit rating is FUBAR. So what. This keeps me from buying things I cannot afford and putting myself back in a trap. My credit cards are in some type of default and for the most part they’ve quit calling me. There is nothing to fear, they are not coming to get you and life had gotten better for me with bad credit than it ever was with good credit. Do not be afraid.
Nowadays I work my business, pay my taxes and enjoy long walks in the woods by a lake on a sunny day while everyone is working. Which reminds me, I’ve got a trail with my name on it waiting on me.
When I was a child I played baseball and I sucked at it. I quit and never played baseball again. I joined a hockey team, excelled at it and loved it. Play the game your good at.
What are you doing that you need to quit? What can you do to transition into something new?