When I was first exposed to this whole idea of quitting my job, traveling abroad, making money online, and just generally doing what I wanted with my life (instead of working), I was pumped. Who wouldn’t be?
And when you read articles online from people who are doing it, or have done it, it all seems relatively straightforward, right?
In theory, the formula works something like this:
1. Start a blog or online business
2. Make money
3. Quit your job
Piece of cake. I’m free!
Then reality sets in. You start working on something, or maybe you just continue reading travel blogs. And somehow, months and years can pass by where nothing actually happens. For whatever reason, even though you would rather not be, you’re still getting up every morning and going to work, while the entire world is just sitting there – waiting for you to explore it.
Well, you don’t have to do that.
Don’t be the person who dreams about traveling, working remotely, and taking back your life. Be the person that does it.
Here’s How You Quit Your Job
Step one to getting on the road, for most people, is not quitting their job.
Two years ago I came home one night and suddenly became incredibly angry at myself for not creating a life that was interesting or meaningful to me. So, in a fit of rage I walked into work the next day and quit.
After that, I was broke for a while and managed to acquire $800 in debt. (Smart.)
So, even though you’ve got these huge plans and fantastic ideas for your travel adventures, you don’t have to be rash about your decision making. I know there are a lot of travel and lifestyle design experts, who would tell you the best way to get out of your employment situation is to walk in the office tomorrow and quit.
Well, I guess that’s true. But not everyone’s financial situation is setup to allow that.
There’s nothing wrong with planning, just set some kind of deadline or cut-off for yourself to keep you motivated.
What Holds Most People Back From Quitting Their Job?
Most people don’t ever actually make any progress towards getting out of their current employment because they think they have to do it a certain way. They wait to act because they want to do something that will actually work. Or, if they do start a project, they quit too early because it doesn’t yield the results they were hoping for in the first few months.
So, they don’t start a blog about travel because they’re not sure how to do it right. They don’t work on creating income online because they don’t know what the best, easiest, or fastest way is. They don’t save up much money because they don’t know how to create large, positive gaps in their budgets.
And do you know what happens to these people? Nothing.
They don’t go anywhere.
The Biggest Factor In Quitting Your Job Is Effort, Not Perfect Effort
I originally heard of this concept from Matthew Hussey. People are so obsessed with doing things right that they feel paralyzed and consequently don’t do anything.
Forget about building the ultimate blog, writing the perfect articles, saving up “enough” money, or starting the perfect business. You won’t. It’s impossible (at first).
If you were capable of perfect effort, you would already be out of your job and on the road. The exact reason you are here reading this article and wondering how to quit your job is because you don’t know what to do.
So, you have to learn.
And the only way to learn is to start working at it. To put in the effort.
The good news is that it doesn’t matter at all if you do it right. You just have to do something.
Over time, you will begin to discover what works and what doesn’t. You will begin to make distinctions about your blog, business, or money saving endeavors, that you hadn’t made before. You will begin to acquire knowledge. And that process is what will get you out of your job. Not your perfect plan.
Since the age of 18, I’ve started no less than ten different blogs and websites. All of them failed because I didn’t have the stomach for the long haul. Blogging takes work.
I am confident that, at this moment, I am making a gazillion retarded errors with this blog. I’m sure I will look back at this very post a year from now and laugh at myself. But I have to learn these lessons. And obsessing over perfection will never get me there. I just have to write and try and get better as I go.
What have you been thinking about doing that will move you out of your current employment situation and into the life you want?
Don’t delay progress on your goals so that you can do it perfectly. That’s stupid. You can’t be perfect yet, primarily because you don’t know what you’re doing!
You’re going to suck. That’s the point, you suck because you haven’t learned what is required of you yet.
The only way to not suck is to make a blunder of something and learn from it. Progress begins with effort, not perfect effort.