How I Overcame Indecision and Quit My “Perfect” Job

Charlotte Kingston

Tom: Today’s guest post is courtesy of Charlotte Kingston — once of the BBC, now an adventurer winging her way to India. You can follow her exotic wanderings and wonderings at chakakant.com. Charlotte’s story is utterly compelling and I am sure it will strike home with many of you, which is why I was so keen to publish it here on Leaving Work Behind. Enjoy!

Last week, I left my job at the most venerable of institutions: the British Broadcasting Corporation. In some ways the hardest thing about leaving was the perception of othersI’d love to work there, why would you want to leave?

When working for a large organisation with such a haloed reputation, it can be great to revel in the connection people have to the brand. Contributing to making something that people love can be kudos-tastic and tough to take an objective view on.

I had a brilliant job in theory, but the day-to-day feeling of working there didn’t reflect the dream. Working on live events and broadcasting was extraordinarily stressful — the never-ending hamster wheel of production kept turning, with me powerlessly scrabbling within it, trying to keep up.

I wasn’t getting anywhere fast and felt frazzled all the time. Something had to give, but indecision held me back. In this article I will describe how I eventually overcame my decision and gained the courage to take the leap into the unknown.

Why You Need to Come to Terms With Your Job

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You almost certainly cannot quit your job tomorrow without some repercussions. You’re probably not there yet. And that is why you need to come to terms with your job before you do anything else.

The first step is to understand that your job is temporary. It is a means to an end. You may currently need the benefits that your employment contract offers – medical insurance, paid maternity leave, a pension – but those needs will not be permanent. A job is a safety net that allows you to get in a position where it is no longer needed. If you cannot bring yourself to like it, appreciate it for that fact.

Even if you absolutely hate your job, considering it as a placeholder position rather than a terminal illness can make all the difference to your attitude.

Believe it or not, your job gives you freedom. It enables you to work on your fledgling online business without fear of failure, because failure will not mean that the bills will go unpaid. It enables you to create a vicarious business, free of the concerns that cloud many entrepreneurs’ minds. Remember that whenever you feel negatively about your work.

One of your immediate goals will be to quit your job, but that is only one piece of a much larger puzzle. If you do not conduct yourself appropriately you may find the perceived nightmare that is your job hides much bigger monsters when you finally quit.

Leaving work behind isn’t just about quitting your job – it’s about building a life that allows you the freedom you desire. If by quitting your job you are jumping from the frying pan into the fire, you have not really taken a step closer to your goals. You may have taken a step away.

Ultimately, your job is a factor that must be taken into consideration. You may be indifferent towards it, you may dislike it, or you may even hate it. But it is a part of your life – not forever, but for the time being. It provides you with a relative level of security and enables you to work on your fledgling business without fear of the possible repercussions.

Learn to appreciate your job for the above reasons and you will benefit from a more productive outlook.

How To Go From Nowhere to Quitting Your Job In 90 Days

How To Go From Nowhere to Quitting Your Job In 90 Days

For those of you who don’t know, back in May 2011 I decided that I wanted to quit my job. In June of the same year I set a target to do exactly that by May 23rd 2012.

My plan was to establish one or more semi-passive income streams, most likely in the form of niche and/or authority sites. I spent five months working extremely hard and getting exactly nowhere (the failures of two projects being indicative of my efforts). I was losing money.

But in October, everything changed. I decided to approach my objective from a completely different angle. And three months later, in December 2011, I quit my job — five months ahead of schedule.

I didn’t pull off a miracle — far from it. I just took some very practical and realistic steps in an attempt to achieve my goal. I strongly believe that there is no reason why you can’t do the same, and in this post, I intend to explain how.

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