Don’t Quit Your Day Job

JillAffiliate Marketing, Mindset14 Comments

Since we started this site we have been fortunate enough to connect with different people from different countries with different jobs and different situations.

They say they want this life.

They want to learn.

They want the freedom.

They want the money.

They want to travel.

They say they want to quit their job.

But should they?

I hate to say it, but probably not.

This life isn't all rainbows, lollipops and frolicking little white lambs.

It's challenging.

It's a roller coaster.

It's long hours.

It's 6 day work weeks, sometimes 7.

It's more failures than it is successes.

It's trial and error.

It's finding what you love, what you know or what you're good at and figuring out a way to make a business out of it.

It's a learning curve. And a big one.

It's about adapting.

It's about changes.

It's about learning to appreciate your mistakes.

It's about love – love for what you are creating.

It's about belief – belief that you can weather the storms, no matter how many of them come at you.

It's about purpose – waking up each morning with a desire to make someone's life better by what you are building, and not just your own life.

It's about serving others.

It's finding the positive when all you see is the negative.

It's persistence.

It's resilience.

It's tweaking.

It's unwavering dedication.

It's hard.

And it's perfect.

We wouldn't have it any other way.

Because if it was easy, everyone would do it.

So should you quit your day job?

Well, let me ask you:

Are you ready to learn a whole new skill set?

Are you ready to devote your whole being to this?

Are you ready to work harder than most in the 9-5?

Are you ready to go head to head with the competition?

Are you ready to wait for at least a year before you start making any sort of notable income?

Are you ready to cry?

To write, a lot?

To get creative?

To get original?

To market yourself?

To say something that hasn't already been said a hundred times over?

To seek out your audience?

To put yourself out there?

To face criticism?

To have people not understand why you do what you do?

To answer the question: “why don't you just get a real job?”

To face the scoffs when you tell someone you have to work on a Saturday?

To rearrange your priorities?

To move to somewhere with no distractions?

To change your entire life?

To get comfortable with the uncomfortable?

If you answered no, then do yourself a favour – don't quit your day job.

You just simply aren't ready.

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  • Chris

    Preach it, sister. I run two small businesses and help out at an incubator. We have a running joke at my new start-up about weekends and how irrelevant they are. When you hate what you do, the 9-5 is amazing and friday night has magic powers. When you work for yourself, doing something you love, hours put in and days of the week are meaningless.

    • Jill

      Boom! Agreed! I have zero qualms about working 7 days a week these days and I don’t know if I’ve ever felt that way about a job. Ever.

      p.s as I was reading your comment I was doing the ‘raise the roof’ hand gestures. That’s how cool I am hahaha 😉

      • Chris

        I had a feeling you were “THAT” cool 😉

        • Jill

          hahahaha you just get me 😉

        • Chris

          P.S. I am working to bring a (Nevada-based) incubator into the virtual world (and into the 21st century, woot!). We are going to be generating shit-tons (yes, that is an official business word) of small business related content and would love to have you or the hubby (or both) guest post about your business building adventures around the world, sometime.

          • Jill

            Of course, I’d be more than happy to! Shoot me a message with details when you have ’em 🙂

          • Chris

            Of course! Think of a few business/ start-up topics you’d like to preach about and I’ll get you all the details 🙂

  • I think it makes a whole lot o’ difference when you can look at what YOU created. Yep, willing to put the time in but, yeah, talk about LEARNING CURVE! And I still don’t know what I don’t know. Worth it.

    • Jill

      Don’t be mistaken, it’s still a gigantic learning process for us as well! We definitely don’t know everything there is to know and we fail all the time but the key to that is learning from the failures and incorporating those lessons into your next attempt.

      For example, we tested outsourcing our SEO to someone who specifically does white hat SEO. It didn’t work. Now we’re testing out a whole new approach based on what we he taught us.

      I simply don’t believe that there is someone out there who has ALL the answers and is finished learning.

      Online business is CONSTANTLY evolving and essentially, you’ll never be done learning.

      If you’re comfortable with that then you have a serious chance to make shit happen. You just have to stick with it and enjoy the ride 🙂

  • Love this!

    We work all the time but it doesn’t feel like work because we love it. The sacrifices involved don’t feel like sacrifices because we enjoy it all so much.

    If we didn’t love what we did so much, we’d be scared shitless about income inconsistencies, and resenting how our choices mean less “free time”.

    Working for yourself can be pretty darn difficult and I love how you’ve pointed out the drawbacks that will apply to a lot of people. This lifestyle definitely isn’t for everyone, but it’s awesome if it’s for you!

    • Jill

      Gurrrrrl I could not agree more! I think a lot of people get dissuaded when they don’t see big 4 figures rolling in each month because they are convinced that they are doing everything right.

      While they may be, it’s more than that. It’s patience, it’s testing, it’s learning from your mistakes and it’s persevering.

      It’s fucking hard but the ones who see the true value in it will stick it out 🙂

      I’m so happy to hear you two are two of those people! Just another reason we get each other!

  • chevyd80

    I’m very ready and embrace this life.

    • Jill Stanton

      That’s what I like to hear!

  • Kristin Harris

    I’m so so ready, but fear of failure is holding me back. I’m ready to work the long hours (I already do!). When I’m doing anything, I’m thinking about my business. I can’t even take a shower without coming up with a new blog post or video idea. I’m ready, but that little bit of doubt (mostly others telling me I shouldn’t) and fear are holding me back.