The Inspirational Power of Action!
By Jared Paul
The Lead-Up to Quitting My Job
When I was planning to leave my job, it was an interesting time. I was dealing with a mix of excitement, tentativeness, hope, and a bit of push-back from some of the close people around me.
It wasn’t chaotic in the sense that so much was going on (as there is/was in the first few months and year of launch), but it was certainly psychologically chaotic.
Having all of these emotions constantly pulling me in different directions was tough.
Just imagine: One minute you’re on the phone with a friend, they are excited for what you are about to do, cheering you on and feeding you more ideas. Then, you call a different loved one and they are telling you to think twice about the decision you are making. “You’re leaving a great job, man! Are you sure you want to do this?”
Hmmm, So I think to myself, “Am I sure I want to do this? Yes, I’m sure! But thanks for providing me some doubt!”
So, the lead-up to leaving my job and “cutting the cord” was filled with a mix of thoughts and emotions, and I’m sure the same will happen for you.
Quitting Your Job
But something amazing happened after I quit my job.
Once I put in my notice, I started to get calls from people around my company, from friends at other companies, colleagues, buddies, etc.
Many of the conversations were very inquisitive, “Jared, tell me all about what you’re doing!”
But A LOT of the calls were pretty interesting and even outright surprising.
I had people say to me, “Jared, what you are doing is really inspirational. I’m impressed, man! I take my hat off to you!”
STOP! Did you catch that?
I was being told that I was an inspiration and impressive, and I hadn’t even really done anything yet!!!
I hadn’t created some multi-million-dollar company, generating tons of revenue and making a huge impact on the world. All I had done was quit my job.
I simply planted my flag in the ground and proclaimed that I was going to give it a shot, and go after my dreams.
This simple, albeit very terrifying, act was enough to make people look at me in a much different light. It created immediate credibility and clout.
I Wish I Had
The other thing I heard a lot from people on the calls, mostly coming from the older people who called me, was, “Man, I wish I had done that…”
Four of the toughest words people will ever have to say, “I wish I had.”
It’s incredible how loaded these words are. Regret is a difficult thing to deal with.
The “No Regrets” Mentality
During the lead-up to my transition there was a thought I kept coming back to. Even though the idea of leaving my job was scary, and I was in a REALLY good place comparatively to most people my age, I kept thinking to myself, “If I blink and I’m 50-something, and I haven’t even tried to live out one of these dreams, I don’t know if I will be able to handle it. I don’t know if I’ll be able to look myself in the mirror.”
Although I had no idea what would happen, I knew that I did not want to be saying, “I wish I had.”
So, as your sitting there reading this post, ask yourself, what do you fear more - the idea of the unknown, or the known?
The unknown of what will happen if you start a business, leave your job, take your shot!? Or the known, that if you sit in your comfy cubicle for the next 30 years and never give your dreams a shot, one day, you might be having a conversation with a younger colleague who IS taking there shot. And you’ll be saying, “Man, I wish I had done that!”