Startup Diaries: I Quit My Cushy Job 5 Months Ago To Startup (Here’s The Reality)

If you are considering quitting your cushy full-time job to pursue a startup opportunity, the best advice I can offer you is this...

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A little less than five months ago I took the leap. The leap that causes everyone to look at you like you’re crazy. No more 401(k), forget a steady paycheck (for now), bye-bye insurance and coworkers.

It’s not really uncommon these days (starting a business), yet you still get those looks of, “You are doing what?” Others express excitement or joy, but they also have a lot more questions than you feel equipped to answer right away.

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There is judgment, support, concern, excitement . . . and then there are those who are truly happy for you. Spend more time with these people.

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Some look envious, perhaps, thinking you have a lot of money saved away – invalidating the entrepreneurial struggle. There is judgment, support, concern, excitement . . . and then there are those who are truly happy for you. Spend more time with these people.

 

Cushy Job to Startup, The Days After

After you quit your job and start a business, when the dust settles, you field questions like, “How is the business going?” You try to remain positive and share the wins because that is the attitude that will take you to the top.

You say, “It’s coming along,” even though worry often keeps you up at night. You practice positive affirmation as much as you can: “Today is the day; the day that everything is going to shift. The day that others are going to realize exactly the gift we have to give.”

And then you put forth your best effort. You go all-in because this is what it means to be an entrepreneur.

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It also means choosing between sharing the startup reality or selectively choosing what you want the world to see. Sure, we could fudge the numbers, even if it was just by a little. We could share the struggles in a Facebook post, but then we have to ask: At what point do we stray too far from our mission and purpose?

At what point are we just playing the game and not being genuine? Sometimes you even wonder if it’s possible to be genuine and get where you want.

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