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You hate your job.
You want out.
Or maybe you don’t hate it that much, but you don’t love it very much, either, and you’d rather be doing something else. Something you LOVE.

You are not alone in this. 
Millions of people go to a job they don’t love every day. They feel trapped. They want out, but they don’t know how to get out. 

But five thriving entrepreneurs that are very successful DO know how. And they want to share their stories with you. Each has a different perspective on how to leave, which is good. Find the one that works for you.

It is in these stories where you can find the strength to leave and the hope you need to start something new. It’s scary leaving a job. I know. I did it. But it doesn’t have to be. You will land on your feet, I promise.

Let the inspiration begin!

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{Paul Colaianni}

2Paul used to work in IT. He did what he was told and showed up when he was supposed to. It was when a job he thought he would get didn’t happen that he realized no one was going to get him out of there but himself.

Here are the steps he took that helped him start a new chapter:

 

1) How Much Time Do You Spend Doing What You Don’t Like?
“Take a pen and paper and figure out what percentage of your day you’re doing something you don’t like. Now figure out the same thing, but for a whole year. If you’ve spent 60-80% of your time doing something you don’t like, you need to really think about that. Is this what your life is all about? Doing something you don’t like 60-80% of the time?”

2) What Do You Value Most About Work and Career?
“Create a list of things you want to have or experience with your work. For example, I want to be respected. If my boss disrespects me, that violates my values. Yours could be: not working weekends, making lots of money, having more fun, even working from home. Now put those values in a hierarchy. Whatever the most important value is, stay in alignment with that value so you enjoy what you do always. The more you enjoy what you do, the more you’ll want to do it and the better you’ll be at it.”

3) If You Feel Something Call To You…
“If there is something you love doing, like drawing or knitting, you’ve got to start doing it. Once a day, at least. Start doing something towards it. See your lighthouse at the shore and keep going in that direction. If you say you don’t have time, find the time. If you really want it, you’ll find the time. Even if that means taking your notebook into the bathroom and writing down idead whole everyone is asleep.

Read his full story HERE.

 

{Kim Ades}

Kim ran a businHow do I leave my job in a box with Kim Adesess with her husband. When the marriage crumbled, so did the businesses. Despite their attempt to continue to run the businesses as partners, it just didn’t work. So Kim left.

Shaken and unsure of what was next, Kim decided to start her own coaching business. Here are three tips she shares with you:

 

1) It Doesn’t Have to be All or Nothing
“You don’t have to just get up and leave your job. It can be a transition. Start slowly and start from exactly where you are. If you like making cookies, make a few batches and sell them. And then next time, make more. Get grounded in your new venture and slowly make the transition. You don’t have to jump off the cliff when you think about starting your own thing. Transition is a perfectly fine method.”

2) Pilot Your Ideas
“If you’re not sure where you’re going or what you’re doing, experiment. And call it an experiment. Try your ideas out. Get feedback. And then continue on your way. When people know what you’re doing is an experiment or a pilot, they’re much more open to your mistakes. You don’t have to be perfect when you’re experimenting.”

3) Can You Really Go On if You’ve Never Tried?
“For me, this is just not okay, If you’ve never tried to do something different and that’s okay with you, carry on. Otherwise, have a conversation with yourself in the future, looking back with some degree of wisdom and ask yourself, ‘Is it okay for me to be paralyzed? Is it okay for me to be stuck?’ If it’s not okay, you need to do something and get help to start thinking differently.”

Read her full story HERE.

 

{Joel Boggess}

joelsoloradioJoel Boggess is an extremely successful, award-winning podcaster. The Relaunch Show has taken him places he never could have imagined.

For years, he worked a different corporate and communications jobs. But he just never seemed to “fit”. So he left. If you feel like you just don’t fit where you are, here are his tips on getting out:

 

1) Get Clear on Your Best Features
“You first have to get clear on your best features and endearing qualities. One way to do this is to use an assessment tool to help you get clear on who YOU really are, not who other people say you are or should be. I use the DISC assessment tool with my coaching clients. DISC reveals skills, abilities, and values you might not have known you possessed. So it gives you an idea of who you are and who you were created to be.

2) Consider a Coach
“Find a coach to help you work your way through some of the results you get back from your assessment.  You’ll need to know how to apply what you discover to your life moving forward so you can use the best parts of you in your next relaunch.”

3)  Interview a Successful Person
“Find someone doing what you want to do. Reach out to them and find out everything you can about the ‘thing’ they’re doing. You don’t have to make the decision to do actually do it, you just have to be curious and explore it. You’re trying to determine if what they do might be a fit for you. The good news is that it’s easier to reach people today. There really are no gatekeepers when you can find them through social media and speak directly to them.”

Read his full story HERE.

 

{Karen Kalis}

Karen, like so many of us, worked in corporate. She even worked at NASA at one point. But she wanted out. With so many entrepreneurs in her family already, she felt she was ready for the leap.

It was scary, especially because she has a son. But she knew if she persevered, that what she wanted would come to fruition. Here’s what she recommends for those of you that are ready.

1) Ask Yourself This…
“If you had all the money you needed and you could do anything and you didn’t get paid for it, what would you do? Start there. You may not always end up there, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find some form of it.”

2) Start a Blog
“Writing unleashes things we don’t normally think about. After a week or two of writing a blog, there’s a theme that comes out. You start to see it. If you don’t, ask a third party (a coach or a friend) what they see. What they see (and what you probably can’t see because your knee deep in so much doubt) just might shock you.”

3) Post Your Idea
“Got an idea of what you want to sell or do? Post a product idea or business idea on FB and see what kind of response you get. You don’t have to have any plans in place or a product ready to go, just put the idea out there and see what kind of feedback you get.”

Read her full story HERE.

 

{Joleene Moody}

Joleene Moody freelance writer keynote speakerHoly crap, that’s me! I used to be a television reporter and anchor. I worked in local news for 10 years before I finally had the nerve to leave. I had no money, no plan. Just a strong desire to get out.

I’m a huge risk-taker, too. If this sounds like you, here are my tips:

 


1) Outline Your Idea

“I knew I wanted to be a speaker and a writer. That’s all I knew. I had no idea how to get there. But before I figured that out, I sat down and outlined how I thought it would work. (Save money. Build website. Talk to another speaker. Get paid to talk.) Then I researched it. Could I build a website with no budget? Was there somebody already speaking and getting paid that could guide me? Write your outline down. Then take action.”

2) Talk To Someone Already There
“I found a speaker that lived near me that traveled the country as a paid speaker. I asked her if I could sit down and have an hour of her time. She agreed. She told me how she got started. It pumped me up even more. She also gave me my very first paid speaking gig. Seek someone out that is doing what you want to do and talk to them. Ask them for their time. Be brave. They could be the final piece of inspiration you need.”

3) Choose Your Last Day
“I said I was a risk taker, and I wasn’t kidding. I walked into my news director’s office and gave him 5 weeks notice. I had a few bucks in the bank, a supportive partner (who is now my husband), and a plan. I was broke for the first 10 months, but I survived. As John Burroughs said, “Leap and the net will appear.” It appeared. 

Read her full story HERE.

{in a word…}

Every story is different.
There is no right way or wrong way to go.
Be brave.
Find your way.
You’ll land on your feet, I promise.

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Joleene Moody is a former television reporter and anchor turned freelance writer, blogger, and speaker, based in Central New York.
(No, not New York City. Not even close. 🙂
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Learn more at www.joleenemoody.com