Heck yea I did it. After eight months, I quit my job! Actually, I had no choice; it was beginning to make me sick. After 30+ years in Corporate America, I retired in 2013 and started working as an Instructor at the local jobs corps. I considered it a huge opportunity for me to motivate, coach and equip young men and women with the skills they needed to be employable, productive citizens. I helped students obtain certifications, employment and complete their trade. So here is why I quit.
My Gift of Quitting
I spent more than half the class day dealing with behavioral issues, resolving conflict, and responding to administrative stuff. I felt more like a babysitter and a clerk than I did a teacher. Some days I stole away in my car, just to get away for a moment. I had to make a change but did not want to leave out of frustration. I wanted to make a difference so badly that I felt guilty thinking of “abandoning” our youth! Remember the saying “if you can save one, it’s worth the effort to try”? THAT was my dilemma, and I continued to teach hoping it would get better.
Not long after 2014 began, I realized things were not going to change and I needed to quit. My deciding factors came when Aleve stopped easing my headaches and I being nauseous at the thought of going to work. There HAD to be a better way. Could I teach in a traditional high school? Yes, but I did not want to deal with any more bureaucracy! I began seriously thinking about starting my own teaching, motivating and coaching business but I was afraid I did not have what it would take to own a business. I worried about not having a steady paycheck and of course, it takes money to run a business. That fear subsided when I attended “A Fab New You” conference in March. My mind reeled with possibilities and ideas. This was my turning point and I made up my mind to move in faith!
Now, I was never the kind of person to just go in and quit a job, so I took a few weeks to settle down, think things through, pray about it, and create a plan of action. I gave my 2 weeks’ notice on April 8, 2014 and it felt AMAZING! I took the leap and am starting my speaking and coaching business. I am writing an outline for my own training program and I am preparing a rough draft for my first book…it is a work in progress, but it is mine! My only regret in quitting is that I did not quit sooner. My advice to others is to follow your instincts! Do not spend another minute unhappy and miserable! You will never recover that time, but you can always start anew!
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