8 months ago, I made the risky decision of quitting a stable job. I plunged into the unknown. But funny enough, that is when my life finally started.
When I quit my job, I had this big dream of being a successful freelancer and blogger, all while working in the comfort of my home. It still my dream but I am now starting to realize that it might take me longer than expected.
Being self-employed isn’t all rainbows.
I was preparing myself for the harsh reality of being self-employed but you really won’t know how it feels until you are in that position. In the first few months I quit my job, I was lost. I did not know where to begin. I was not even sure how to start.
I am definitely still feeling pressure on some moments, I am not going to lie. I think about my friends who are happy with their jobs and getting promotions. I think about what others will think of me knowing that I am practically starting from scratch.
But unlike before, those pressure does not get me down anymore. I am not discouraged to do what I do. Instead, I use it as a fuel to move forward and to achieve more things.
I know I have so much to achieve.
But it is exciting.
Yes, I have this big end goal for my career but I still don’t know what the universe has in store for me. I just sit in front of my computer feeling anxious, unsure, and exhilarated.
One of the reasons why I left my job is because my way of living became this predictable, boring routine. I hated that I felt like I became stagnant and had no more room to grow. Fast forward to when I left, and I am actually looking forward to each day. I am looking forward to new skills I will learn and new knowledge I will discover. I was excited to make myself grow while moving at my own pace.
I have learned so much more.
Because I have more time, freedom, and flexibility in my hands, I began to enroll in various online classes. Some of which I have no idea about (who knew brewing coffee has such a rigorous process?!), and some which further harnesses my skills.
Because I am getting to learn and discover a lot of new knowledge, I began to appreciate things so much more.
I realized that there is a whole plethora of learnings out there that I cannot wait to explore. I realized that the skills I have now may not be at its best, but I proudly acknowledge that I have so much room in me to grow. I began to appreciate even the littlest random fact I find online. I appreciate even more the successful people who have built their empire from the ground up and yet they are still striving for innovations. And I appreciate the people who are like me – who are just starting out, unsure, but driven.
I became more responsible.
Because I have no one but myself, I have learned to take responsibility for every action and decision I make. Everything I do onwards is all down to me. I do not have coworkers to catch my fall nor a boss to give me validation for my work. I have no one to blame nor praise but me.
And with all that, doors for opportunities opened.
Because I can finally do what I am passionate about, I am now more eager to start and end my work. My to-do list is packed but I make sure that everything is crossed off at the end of the day. I was producing content day and night all the while doing administrative duties, marketing strategies, and technical maintenance.
And hard work does pay off.
I now have people coming to me to ask for my writing services. Kronicles is gaining a larger community and readership as the days go by. I get messages on my inbox of people showing their appreciation for my craft. I am reaching a global audience which completely blows my mind—people from all over the world are reading my words!
I am getting recognition for doing what I love and believe in. And that itself trumps every doubt and fear I have from moving forward.
8 months ago, I stepped out of my comfort bubble to discover what the unknown has to offer me. And fast forward… I am so much better now.
- Quitting your job with no solid plan in hand will leave you overwhelmed and sometimes lost. But be ready for surprises and discoveries because I assure you that there will be. Your life has just begun.
- Welcome new opportunities be it small or big. You need to start somewhere.
- Harness the skills you have now. Be the best at your craft. After that is done, learn something new. Never stop learning.
- Give it a little time. Your hard work will pay off.
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