Finally, the big day has come.
I finally built up the courage to quit my job.
Do you dread the morning alarm clock just like I do? Especially when you know you have to wake up to go work a job that you hate?
Then you walk into the damned office. Fully knowing you have 8 long hours to go. Before you’re free to do anything you please.
I can relate. It’s the way I felt for the last 18 months.
But today is different.
It’s the day I’m going quit my banking job.
For once, it feels great to walk towards the office. I feel the cold winter breeze sprint past my face. The early morning sun, slowly reappears from behind the clouds.
I can’t help but smile.
As I walk inside the office, I knock of Mr Boss’ door.
“Hey Boss man, we need to speak”, I say.
“Sure..” he replies.
Without hesitation I utter the golden words, “I am quitting my job. When can I start the 2 week notice?”.
It had been a while since I’ve wanted to quit. That very moment was a massive relief for me. My days working in banking were numbered.
That early morning, I caught him by surprise.
Yet the reality was that I simply didn’t belong there.
Don’t get me wrong, I did get along
quite well with the people that worked there.
But I was like an alien to them.
These people complain and gossip all day. They never exercise and drink tons of coffee. They come in early to work and leave late. They compete against each other to get a measly pay raise.
I knew I was different.
I’d go in there and barely speak a word. I never complained, drank any coffee or stayed late. If I could leave early, I would jump at the opportunity. I preferred to be at the gym, working on my side business or fucking my girlfriend.
Yet I worked there for 18 months.
I needed the money. Plus I knew it was temporary.
If I didn’t feel like working on any day, I could get away with it.
Of course, the pay was horrible.
Frankly, it wasn’t that bad at all, as far as jobs go.
It was a boring job. Too comfortable. No room for growth.
But Jeff, isn’t that great? You get to choose if you want to do any work and you still get paid!
Don’t make me laugh.
That job destroyed my self confidence because…
I was doing something way below my potential.
A Fresh Start
Now, I will be working as a sports trader for a betting company.
What? I thought you were going to start your own business? Make a million dollars? Or travel the world?
Not so fast.
I have been working on building a side business this past year.
I do want to travel more too.
I have started from zero and still need to further grow my capital.
It’s true. Working a job is the worst way to make money.
But if you’re starting from zero? You must work. Mop floors, become a bartender, learn a craft. Anything it takes to get going and building your bankroll.
Now, I’m won’t be mopping any floors.
I will be a sports trader.
If you want to have your own business someday and today you need a job. Work a job that is related to the business you someday want to be an OWNER in.
You want to own real estate? Get in the game working for a real estate company. Learn everything you can.
Make mistakes when you’re working for someone else. So that you don’t repeat them when you are your own boss and there’s more at stake.
The single biggest benefit of working a job is you can make a mistake and learn from it at the expense of your employer.
Working in sports trading makes sense to me because I want to have a business related to it.
The gaming industry fascinates me and this new experience will teach me a bunch of knowledge I will utilise further on.
I will be getting paid to learn.
I will certainly enjoy it more than working in banking. Being a sports trader involves a degree of skill so there is room for challenge and growth.
Finally, I really had nothing to lose and everything to gain.
I hated my bank job.
Deep down, I knew this was tremendously hurting me.
Working a job you hate will kill you.
You have to spend an overwhelming 40 hours a week at your job. If you hate it, you’ll feel like shit most of the time.
And it does have an impact.
Working a job I hated almost destroyed my relationship with my girlfriend.
Sure, I won’t be having my own billion dollar business tomorrow morning.
That would be cool but it just doesn’t work that way.
The journey is a long one and I have accepted it.
Working (and quitting) that bank job has been an eye opener for me. It was just a stepping stone towards my long term vision.
Working as a sports trader will give me a new insight in an industry I eventually want to be an owner in.
2019 is going to be an exciting and challenging year.
I’m still going to be working on my side business. Learning more valuable skills just like I did in 2018.
Getting a job as a sports trader is not easy if you have no past experience doing it.
I had to cleverly work my way to get it.
In fact, they even told me I was chosen over others that crushed me with experience.
So there’s another thing I learned in 2018.
How to get any job that you want. Even if you have zero experience in the field.
I am looking forward to 2019. It will serve as a further stepping stone towards the vision I have in my mind.
If you’re feeling stuck. You’re working a job that you hate and need a change. I hope this post inspires you to take action.
No one is going to do it for you. Only you can change your own circumstances.