“The problem is all inside your head…”
Had enough of the 9 to 5 and the corporate B.S.? Or are you still working 50-70 hour weeks and haven’t seen your family awake in what feels like a millennia? In fact, who is that strange but somehow familiar teenager now sitting opposite you in your lounge? you know, that person you last spoke to when he/she was in diapers. That IS your child?…Then you’ve left this decision wa-a-y too long.
But I really hope you haven’t gone that far yet… I hope you’re more at that stage where you just hate the job, dread every Monday morning, and are wondering why you still have to do this to earn a living…
You are not alone, and yes, there is a way out. Read on…
“The answer is easy, if you take it logically…”
Yes, you’ve guessed it, I’m referencing the lyrics of a song by Paul Simon*, but there must be 50 (well, many) ways you can leave that 9 to 5 behind. Here’s a few:
“Slip out the back, Jack”
The quiet way out. The Fire Exit. Simply walk out and don’t look back. This of course opens up a great deal of issues, especially around the release of any outstanding pay your boss is holding on to. Only reserve this bold method of exit if you really, really can’t take it any more.
“Make a new plan, Stan”
Maybe the more sensible way of leaving the 9 to 5 is to have a plan. Write down all of your options. Sticking with the job for a while, knowing you have an exit strategy, can sometimes be very empowering. Your bosses know there’s something different about you, strangely enough, this empowerment actually might even command a bit more respect from them, too. But it probably won’t last.
“No need to be coy, Roy”
Shy people – this is your finest moment. You’ve made your plan above, bided your time, and now it’s your chance to go up to your boss(es) and tell them why, with the greatest level of respect of course, their job doesn’t interest you any more, because you have something better. It’s a great feeling. Revel in it.
“Hop on the bus, Gus”
OK, so you’ve got to give back the company car. Yes, but think of all the hours you’re going to get back by being able to spend time with people you really love and respect. Stay positive. If you’ve made a plan, you’ll very soon have another, better car.
“You don’t need to discuss much”
Once you’ve made the decision to go, debate is over. I once worked for a company whose bosses only ever offered employees a decent raise as they were handing in their notice. Some of my colleagues actually accepted the offer too, then were as unhappy as ever just a couple of weeks after making that decision to stay. Don’t be tempted… it’s a trap. The money might seem better than before, but you’ll still be treated the same.
“Just drop off the key, Lee”
If you’re a company key-holder, then that physical handing over of a bunch of keys is one of the most satisfying things about leaving a job. Do it nonchalantly, or be flamboyant, whatever makes you feel good about it. You’re leaving the 9 to 5 behind. Make it count.
“And get yourself free!”
The most important message here. Don’t put it off. Don’t think that things will get better once you’ve resigned yourself to that inevitable feeling of entrapment in a job that you loathe. “Everybody thinks like that at some point,” you tell yourself. Yes, that’s true, but not everybody is determined (or brave) enough to change their circumstances for the better. Be the one who does.
“I’d like to help you in your struggle to be free…”
If you’re looking for an exit strategy, but really don’t know what avenue to take next, then let me introduce you to my team of business coaches at SFM. They are a whole community of entrepreneurs, who are each leveraging the internet to build their own businesses online. They are leaders in their field, and provide comprehensive online training, showing you initially how you can become an digital marketer online, and then how to go on to build your own brand, and market your own products if you so wish.
You can start by just spending a few spare hours a day, training online and learning new skills alongside your 9 to 5. Where that takes you is entirely up to you, because this is built around your own set of unique life skills. Many people have taken this further and have built thriving online businesses of their own using the skills taught by SFM, and built them around their own lifestyle.
“You’ll begin to see the light…”
Check out the link below, meet my mentors, and learn to build your own online business. Be your own boss this time around.
*Quotes and sub-headings make reference to the classic song: ’50 Ways to Leave Your Lover’, by Paul Simon, Columbia Records, 1975.