198 Why You Should Plan To Quit Your Job And How To Do It

By Leslie Samuel | Mindset

Jan 14

Disclaimer: This isn’t for everyone. If you resonate with what I talk about in this episode and are willing to do the work, then it’s for you.

Today, I address something that I’ve never addressed before. In fact, I will start by making a very bold statement.

If you are reading this right now or have been following what I do for any period of time, there’s a high probability that you would find more value in life by quitting your job.

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I almost can’t believe that I’m saying that, but I am.

I’m not your typically marketer who thinks that all jobs are bad. I’m not the rebel without a cause who thinks – forget college, start a business.

In fact, I’m somewhat of an academic. I LOVE education.

I did a bachelor’s degree in Biology with an emphasis in Zoology and then went on for a Master’s in Neurobiology. I’m a nerd.

After getting my degrees, I taught at a high school and then became a University professor.

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Why You Should Plan To Quit Your Job And How To Do It

In my mind (at one point), that was my ultimate goal – become a university professor, do it for a while and retire.

I had my dream job and I loved it.

Sure, there were certain aspects of my job that I hated (grading papers, being on committees, attending meetings, working on portfolios, etc), but I was doing what I was passionate about.

When I left my job, it wasn’t because I didn’t enjoy doing it. It was because I felt there was more to life – more to my life than what I was doing at the time.

Now that I’ve been self-employed for a little over six months, I’m boldly proclaiming that I never want to go back.

Here’s why:

Reason #1: Freedom

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Freedom

When it all comes down to it, this is my top reason for never wanting to go back to a situation of working for someone else.

When you work for someone else, they determine what your responsibilities are, when you are supposed to do the things they want you to do, when you can take your breaks, etc. While I did have more flexibility with my job as a professor, that flexibility was within the confines of what was set for me by my boss, or their boss, or their boss’ boss – you get the point.

Today, I decide what I want to do, and make decisions based on what I think is best. If something isn’t working and I want to try something else – I simply do it, without asking permission from anyone else (except for maybe my wife – the REAL boss).

Reason #2: Ownership

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Ownership

When you work for someone else, you are building something that doesn’t belong to you. Quite frankly, if my employer asked me to hand over all of the content I created while employed by them, it would be their right to do so.

Just like I never recommend building a platform on somebody else’s property, I think it’s better to own what you create.

If you’re building a business, it might as well be your own business.

Reason #3: Earning Potential

I’m always inspired by many of my blogging colleagues who are making more money in a month than I’ve ever made in one year. That literally blows my mind.

When you work for someone else, your salary is determined by them. If you’re building an online business, your earning potential is only limited by your creativity, willingness to work hard and ability to work smart.

Reason #4: The Sleep Factor

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The Sleep Factor

Today, I go to sleep some nights and wake up with more money in my bank account than was there the night before.

The internet is always on, and people can make purchases whenever it’s convenient for them.

Because of automation, you don’t have to be present to make money. You can be sleeping, and that is BEAUTIFUL.

Reason #5: “Passive” Income

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“Passive” Income

I put the word passive in quotation marks because this doesn’t mean that you don’t have to work to make money. However, like my buddy Pat Flynn says – you can “Work hard now to continually reap the benefits later”.

I absolutely love that I’m getting paid today based on work I did 3 years ago, and if I continue working I’m always building on what I’ve already done.

Reason #6: Your business, your priorities

My family is extremely important to me. They are my priority. I want to build a business around my priority – my family.

I want to build a company that doesn’t tell me that I can’t attend my son’s future recital because I have a conference to attend. I want to be able to go with my wife to her doctor’s visits whenever we decide to have our next child.

I want to be there for them and I don’t want anyone else to be able to control my ability to be there but myself.

Side note: Here’s an awesome video of my son playing violin. Enjoy 🙂

What I’m Not Saying

I don’t want anyone to listen to this episode and think – I want to do this. It sounds SOOOOO easy.

This is absolutely NOT easy. I’ve worked extremely hard and continue to work hard and to be honest – things are still interesting financially.

However, because of those reasons, it has been totally worth it for me.

How To Do It

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To-Do list

If you listen to this podcast episode (or read these detailed show notes) and think that you want to build your online business to the point where you can leave your job, there are some things you should be doing:

1. Get your spouse on board.

If you are married, speak to your spouse about your dream. Discuss this in detail. You want to have their support on this journey (in the episode, I share tips)

2. Create a timeline.

Be realistic and make a decision as to when you want to leave your job. Is it going to take 3 or 5 years? Put the date on the calendar so that you can start working towards that.

3. Create an action plan.

A goal without a plan is just a wish. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery (French writer). Is it that you’re going to be building a blog and offering a service? Will you be selling digital products? How do you plan on making that happen?

4. Create a schedule.

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Make it happen

When will you be working on your business? How many hours per day and per week? Figure that out and get your family on board.

5. WORK your behind off.

This stuff isn’t easy. If it were easy, everybody would be doing it. Fortunately, you aren’t everybody. You are YOU! Make it happen.

Now, you’re probably thinking that since you’ve read this, you don’t really need to listen to the episode. If you are thinking this, you would be wrong.

I expand on a lot of it inside the episode, so go ahead and have a listen.

Question: Do you plan on leaving your job? Let me know in the comments below.

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Transcript

Some people prefer to read along with the podcast episode. Others actually prefer to read than listen. If you are one of those people, not to worry. I’ve got a transcript right here for you 🙂

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I share tips and strategies that I’ve learnt building blogs since 2008 and interview experts who are knowledgeable about various aspects of blogging so that we can learn from their experiences.

If you’re a blogger, thinking about becoming a blogger (pun intended) or are not even sure if blogging is right for you, go ahead and tune in to see what this blogging thing is all about.

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  • Deb says:

    Is this the correct audio, Leslie? It seems to be about setting goals for 2015; not so much about quitting one’s job. Or is it me?

  • Chris says:

    When I think about hard work I think about something that is nearly impossible. Not impossible but the odds are not in your favor kind of thing… Like trying to lift 100 lbs. on the first day of your fitness journey. But I believe most people really mean diligent work when they say hard work. Diligent work, to me, means that odds ARE in your favor even though challenging times come. Odds are in your favor because you press on toward your goal and don’t quit. So, if you try to lift that same 100 lbs. in the 7th month you have a way better chance than you did the first day. Does this make sense? So I guess my question is this. Does having your own business require hard work or diligent work (based on the definitions described here)?

    • Thanks for your comment. I like it.

      I would say that based on your definitions you gave, I would say that it requires hard work AND diligent work.

      The fact of the matter is this – it’s hard to do this stuff diligently 😉

      Seriously though, sometimes I’m trying to get something done and it’s just extremely difficult. But I gotta do it, and I gotta be diligent.

  • I so agree with the “create a schedule” tip. I mean, the rest of your tips are great, but that one really is the star of the show, in my opinion. Going into something blindly does not bode well for your success in the long run. You must keep track of what works and what doesn’t, and schedule accordingly. As always, great episode. I appreciate that you put the transcripts in, blog about the cast, AND post the cast. It’s great no matter what time of the day I catch it!

    • I’m sorry but it’s hard to respond to comments by saying “Hi Internet Local Listings”. You should try using a name that makes it easier for conversation. Just a thought.

  • Mary says:

    Thanks Leslie, This is really enthusiastic and timely for me!
    I am presently organizing my life (this has been my greatest failure for decades).
    Now, with a foundation, it is time to prepare for success.
    I never had a stable enough life schedule to even head toward — QUIT! THANKS!

  • Sukina Johnson says:

    I would like to join Blogger University but I can not find where I sign up. I am very serious about starting a success blog because I have something unique to offer the world and am anxious to share! Can you point me in the correct direction so I can benefit from the university products you offer?

  • Sukina Johnson says:

    Ok being the take charge person that I am. lol I decided to goggle the blogger university and read that it was in the beta test phase! sigh I wanted to share this for everyone instead of sending an email because due to procrastination on my part I missed the last entry gate to sign up. It was a part of this great site two weeks ago and I had my card out so I can sign up for 6 months of great training and oodles of information,but, I DID NOT pull the trigger! I have searched all over this great blog and I do not see a link to the university. Please open it back up Leslie. I and others like me can be a part of gamma testing! or whatever come after beta but let us in too!

  • Joy says:

    Wow wow wow this is totally a timing message. And yes I will be soon. I am already applying my plans towards it.
    It is time to manifest the vision. It is hard work stepping out into a place where you have never been. However it will all be worth it.

    Thank you very much.

  • Buy Bongs Online says:

    I would like to join Blogger University but I can not find where I sign up.

  • Awesome stuff Eric. Congrats on launching your first podcast. That’s awesome. Thanks for the mention and I’m wishing you all the best on this blogging journey.

  • Monty Campbell says:

    Great Information Leslie. Hope all continues to go well with you and your family. You continue to be an inspiration and a motivational person with truly a blessed uplifting spirit.

    I’m certainly an advocate for writing the vision and making it plain. I’m learning how to best operate in the vein.

  • Dave says:

    This is a very motivational article. You make a great case for working for yourself!

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