I added this goal last August because I was fed up with the excessive (and very unnecessary) drama at my place of work. It’s a part time job that I use to pay my utilities,insurance and other minor expenses, but last August was the straw that broke the camel’s back. It wasn’t one particular incident, more so an accumulation of things that made the one incident which triggered the response of adding this goal to my list of things to do in 2012. Well, It’s March 2013,
AND I’M STILL THERE!! UGGHHHH!!!
I won’t make excuses for it. It’s because I didn’t adequately prepare to leave the job. Sure, I worked on a number of things, i.e. increasing the number of investment initiatives, whether it be the traditional sort such as stocks, funds, bonds etc, or investments in small businesses and one attempt to partake in seed funding for a startup; to working more from home in my off time from work, taking on more clients for my web design and what I call “Wordpress manipulation”, and a few other things to supplement my part time income. The problem with all of that was that it was ill planned and ill-strategized.
My only focus was on making money. Which is good in a sense, but that was not preparing me to leave my job. Whenever I thought about work, all I could see was red, and my thinking automatically went to “Make more money. Quit!” There was no real plan or strategy for life after Hell (work).
Aside from ill-planning, my other problem is that I’m impulsive. I’m the kind of person that makes up his mind, and just goes for it, risks and complications be damned. I’ll take giant leaps on faith and won’t think twice about it (until I’m 2 inches from the ground, that is), which is not as great of a mantra to live by all the time. So, after this “straw that broke the camel’s back” moment at work last August, all I thought about was making more money so I could sever ties with my employer.
When quitting one’s job, a person needs a more practical and realistic approach. Simply making more money isn’t going to alleviate the problem in and of itself. There needs to be a planned focus, a strategy of some kind at least, for how I’m going to do this, and not go off half cocked. So I’m going to “reboot” this goal, and give myself yet another, 6 months to make this happen. And to do it RIGHT! And the first thing I’m going to do, is sit down and form a list of all expenses to be paid to get a visual on the minimum income requirement I’ll need to be free of Hell.
I failed once with this goal, but I won’t do it again. I have to make this happen, and for more reasons that not wanting to deal with workplace drama. There’s drama, foolishness and buffoonery-ism in just about any work environment or setting, so saying I want to quit because of workplace drama is ridiculous in the grand scheme of things. And also, borderline childish. (To me anyway.)
The true reason, is that there are a number of opportunities in the world. Different places to travel, foods to taste, cultures to immerse yourself in, languages to learn, natural wonders to see and photograph, people to meet and help. I want to live my life doing something more meaningful to me, and working a job is not on the list. I’ve held a job since I was 17, and now in my 30’s I want to spend more time doing and working for me than the man. We only have one life to live, and I want to start making the most of mine. I’ve beaten depression. I’ve beaten alcoholism. Now I just want to live. 2 months ago