When Is The Right Time To Quit Your Job (And Do It Gracefully)
Let's talk about the moment when you finally decide you're leaving. You're quitting. You don't care about your pay. You're not influenced by the accolades. You're done!
Okay, you've made your decision but now what?
You spend time building your business while working full-time and then comes the moment where you're maxed out.
But the question you might still be asking yourself, "When is the right time to quit?"
The answer to that my friend is that there is never a perfect time.
“For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks. Waiting for a good time to quit your job? The stars will never align and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn't conspire against you, but it doesn't go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. "Someday" is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Pro and con lists are just as bad. If it's important to you and you want to do it "eventually," just do it and correct course along the way.”
While timing is important, it isn't everything.
Only you can decide when it is the right time.
Most people base the "right timing" off of how comfortable they are and let me tell you, friend, quitting your job to go out on your own is one of the most uncomfortable things you may do in your life.
As someone who is getting closer to desiring to start a family, the one thing I hear from mothers and fathers is that there will never be a perfect time to have a baby, it doesn't exist. Same with a business.
However, will there hopefully be some check boxes, we check before having a baby. Is there a list of "Like to have?" Of course. We'd like to purchase an investment property, take a certain vacation, save a certain amount of money, these are all goals that we'd like to have but will they be perfect, most likely not.
You probably have goals (and if not, may want to think about some of them), before quitting your job. Will you meet every single one of them before making your ultimate leap? Maybe but it is possible that you might not.
You want your leap to be calculated and have some forethought, not emotional and reactive.
Everyone's leap is different, everyone has different circumstances.
First, recognize and note your circumstances - stick the facts
Second, make a wish list of what you want to have in place before making your leap:
how much revenue do you want your business to bring in that would be an indication for you that you can quit
Option: some people want a certain debt paid off.
What I will say is that regardless of debt, how much is saved, the quickest way to make your ultimate leap is making money and growing your business.
As you get closer to making your leap, you may find yourself filled with emotions:
What am I doing?
What if fail?
Am I crazy?
For others, it may be way less emotional.
Be mindful that during the days leading up to you put in your two weeks, your brain may have a little freak-out and you may find yourself vulnerable. During this moment, you must remind yourself of all the amazing things you've done so far, the plan you created and why you need to keep moving forward with the place.
Either way isn't right or wrong. There are plenty of people who lean towards being more emotional while others don't. That is okay.
As you get closer to making your ultimate leap, it can be easy to check out and start to become disengaged with your work.
Something to keep in mind is showing up the way you'd want someone who would be leaving your business (and it will happen someday in the future) would show up.
So again, my friend, know that there is never a "right time" to make the leap. Can you take a calculated leap?
Let us unpack your current circumstances and understand the best-case scenario for you to be as confident as possible to make your leap.
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