At the age of 21, I decided it was time for me to break free from employment.
I worked for a video game publishing company and I was not being rewarded for my efforts, no matter how much I put into it.
Over the course of a year, I became increasingly demoralized, to the point where I started looking for freelance opportunities.
Then a role came up where I could work from home. It paid double what I was making and I was able to build my own team and leverage my time to produce content.
It was the best decision I had made at that time, because it put me in a place where I was forced to make things work on my own.
I was born to be an entrepreneur. When I finally moved beyond video games, I became a freelance personal trainer working in gyms – paying monthly rent and having to attract my own clients.
It was never a struggle because I was so passionate about what I was doing. I would take new registrants for a tour of the gear, give them a free session, and then they would eventually sign up with me.
Over the years I’ve helped many people quit their jobs and become full-time entrepreneurs, and in the process I’ve discovered a few different things/dynamics that keep people stuck in their existing positions.
- The question of money
One question I ask anyone considering a career pivot is, “What specifically needs to happen for you to quit your job?” Most people answer with something like, “I need to replace my current income,” which is a fair but broad answer. The word “specifically” is important here. So, for example, if someone brings home $5,000 (Sh570,000) a month, then I would ask them, “Do you need to earn $5,000 for three months to quit smoking, or do you it six months? “When you explore the actual turning point, it creates a mental shift. Then the follow-up question is, “What specifically needs to happen for this to happen?” Again, we’re going into detail here, so we can explore all the steps that will lead to quitting, because if there’s no belief that change is possible, it just won’t happen.
- Spin around fear
Of course, especially when you’ve spent a lot of time working for other people, there’s security in that paycheck, but it’s important to address any associated fears and start thinking differently about yourself. there is a chance to make a move of power. Common anxieties include the possibility of not attracting clients, the fear of both failing and succeeding, and the fear of simply looking stupid. While it can sometimes be helpful to consider the worst-case scenario to prepare for the challenges ahead, in most cases it’s just clever self-sabotage that keeps us from living our true potential. So we need to become aware of the fear and then transform it into positivity. If you keep thinking “I won’t get any customers”, change it to “I will get lots of customers” and provide evidence to support that expectation, instead of ending the ambition because of a thought that just isn’t it’s not true.
- The change of energy
Big decisions create a shift in energy. Much like thinking about breaking up with someone, there is often relief when you find the courage to do the thing your soul cried out for. It’s the same dynamic when it comes to quitting a job that doesn’t support you. Every day, every week, every year that passes and you postpone a decision, you lose vital energy. By the time the decision is made, however, the energy shifts because you have aligned with what is best for you.
- uncomfortable emotions
Some people don’t give up because they’re afraid of someone else’s reaction, difficult conversations that need to happen, or because they can’t handle the feelings that might arise – and so years go by. to avoid the life we want. When I recently helped a high performer at her job quit her job and get into real estate full time, I asked her to text her boss while we were on Zoom. She had the conversation the same day, and it was done. She had postponed that decision for years, but when she was on the other side, she said, “This is the best decision I’ve ever made.”
- Set an intention date
It’s human nature to procrastinate…to keep protecting yourself. So if you’re 100% serious about quitting your job, it’s important not only to make that intention a reality, but to pick a date when it will happen – to make a decision because decisions have power. Then ask yourself if there are reasons why it can’t happen in half the time. You’ll be surprised how many people end up making big decisions faster after thinking about this simple question.
Having the courage to become a full-time entrepreneur is a bold decision. It takes digging deep, self-awareness, and a mindset dedicated to breaking free. It’s also a big part of being a full-time entrepreneur, because quitting is the first test: if you have the courage to quit, you have the courage to face the greatest challenges that come your way.