I quit my $85k job today to start a youtube channel?
Yes, I quit my job to pursue a career in creative writing, youtube production, and blogging. Call me crazy, call me irrational but in life, you have to take a chance. It might have been one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made. But in my heart, I knew it was the right decision. If you’re thinking of quitting your job, here are the 5 things I learned that made me realize it was the right decision:
My 9-5 job was killing my vibe.
Sound familiar? Nothing excites me more than the thought of staring hopelessly at a computer screen for 9 hours of the day. Perhaps, I’m just not well suited for the lifestyle. Why does society operate this way? Is it literally killing us? To be honest, I didn’t hate my job. But I also felt like I was wasting away. There has to be more to life than answering emails all day, haggling clients, looking up and down a spreadsheet and scrolling through an instagram feed (we’re all guilty of it). Will I miss my coworkers, the happy hours and the paycheck? Most definitely. But I felt trapped and I knew the only way to rectify my situation was to make a change. Change might be scary and it might also provoke some serious anxiety. But change is also beautiful and it can lead to extraordinary things.
Tune out the noise.
I was sitting at my office desk sweating profusely before I decided to go through with it. I had this job for 5 years. What will my parents think? What will my friends say? Just about all of them said the same thing: “ Why would you quit? You have a salary, a 401k plan, health care benefits for god’s sake?” Or Aaron “you’re insane…this is a bad idea.” Your friends and family come from a good place but only you can ultimately decide what is best for YOUR future. I know, I know, I’m starting to sound more and more like a clickbait soundbite on Facebook. But why would you let someone else dictate your life? Tune out the noise and figure out what is best for you.
What’s the worst that could happen?
You have to ask yourself one simple question, what is the worst that could happen? Would you suddenly combust and turn to ash? Probably not. Would godzilla rain down from the heavens and wreak havoc all over the world? Doubtful. But suffice to say, I am certain the moment you go through with it, a massive weight will be lifted off of your shoulders. Sure, there will be roadblocks, hardships and setbacks but life is far too short to wait on the sidelines.
You have one life to live so #justdoit
By the words of the great Shia LeBouf, “just do it!” Aside from the ridiculous theatricks, he’s frickin right. “Don’t let your dreams be dreams. Some people dream of success while you’re going to wake up and work hard for it. Nothing is impossible.” Wise words from a wise man. We’re talking about your dreams here. No one else can fulfil your dreams but you. But fulfilling your dreams isn’t going to be some cake walk. It’s going to take time, patience and some serious determination. The day I quit, I put pen to paper. I wrote down all the things I wanted to accomplish in exactly the amount of time I wanted to accomplish them. Instead of being realistic, I decided to multiple my goals by a factor of two. I decided to push myself because I didn’t want my dreams be dreams.
Before I quit, I set aside everything that was insignificant in my life. I removed just about every distraction out there. I would suggest removing each of the following: Facebook, Instagram, binge watching, baby yoda memes, pintrest, reddit, political TV, junk food and virtually anything that clouds your mind. Baby yoda is cute as hell but you get the idea. And replace them with yoga, meditation, salads, fiction novels,exercise, and sleep . This is a huge decision and one that might shape your life for a long time so why not take a step back and remove yourself from any unnecessary burdens. Then take a deep breath and #justdoit!
Aaron Malki is a freelance writer based out of Chicago, IL. On the weekends, you may find him scaling Mt. Everest or drinking a nice cup of joe at the local coffee shop. He loves comedy, corgi butts and a gallon jar of Nutella. You can find him on the socials: IG @acmalki, twitter @aaronmalki