Quit your job. Follow your dreams. Chase your passion. Live life to the fullest.
These seemingly cliché pieces of advice are often repeated whenever you encounter motivational blogs and inspirational websites, right?
Why is this so? It’s because these mantras mean something. These mantras are actually often emphasized because they’re valuable to the improvement of your life and the betterment of your personal growth.
While we also advocate that you quit your job and follow your dreams, there are some disclaimers that you need to be aware of — we don’t want you to act rashly:
- Have a fully filled emergency fund worth 3-6 months’ of your expenses as a cushion.
- Consider the possibility of your job connecting you to your dream.
- As early as now, look at your dream objectively and determine how you can turn it into a sustainable source of income.
Are you already finished?
Well, if you’re sure that you’re ready to quit your job and start living your dream now, here are seven reasons to compel you and motivate you to take the great leap:
1. You’ll be in control of your own life.
Follow your dreams or someone else will hire you to build theirs.
There are no managers, no company regulations and no policy restrictions when you finally quit your job — only the freedom and the liberation to chase the things that you’re completely passionate (and knowledgeable!) about. Most of the time, your dream job may not even exist, so you should create it for yourself.
2. You’ll have more opportunities to develop responsibility and accountability.
Because you’re going to be your own boss, you’re going to be entirely responsible for what is going to happen to your destiny. Therefore, you’re going to be more hands-on in terms of doing the activities related to your dream job. You’ll learn to tighten the belt and make your money stretch. You’ll learn to follow up. You’ll learn to be answerable for you decisions.
3. Fulfillment can only be achieved by doing work that you love.
Just like happiness can be achieved by being with the person you love, fulfillment can only be derived from your passion. Fulfillment is not only limited to money, you know. The feeling of contentment and the bliss that you’re doing something to change the world in your own way — these can be fulfillment as well.
4. Forget the mindless drone and numbing chatter — you’re empowered each day!
You’re motivated to do great things because you’re in love with what you’re doing. No more wasting time trying to please your boss. No more wasting energy trying to get along with mean colleagues. No more wasting effort in accomplishing a report that’s not even read. Just pure empowerment in doing things that matter to you.
5. You will be spared the “What If?” syndrome.
No regrets. At the end of it all, you won’t be sad and depressed as you try to think of the things that could have happened if you had quit your job and followed your passion. You’re living the consequences and enjoying the experience right now.
Don’t be one of those people who were too scared to take the leap and who are too regretful for having failed to do so. If it’s the right choice, you can take it.
6. You’ll enhance your creativity and innovation skills.
Quitting your job and pursuing your passion, such as starting your own side business, writing your own book or establishing your own dance studio, will all drain your bank account and your emotional reserves. How can you push through and continue moving forward? You do this by bootstrapping and making do with what you have. Talk about Innovation Training 101!
7. You are going to be independent and successful, in time.
You won’t be successful overnight — but you’ll be successful one night. Take great leaps of faith, do what you can and extend your limits. Success is waking up each morning, doing the work you love, being with the people you love and helping others do the same.
Own your life or someone else will do it for you.