I quit my job to seek discomfort. As human beings we seek comfort for security because we know what certainty what it feels like. We hate the feeling of uncertainty and yet this is where we grow the most. So why do we avoid it so much?
When I look back on my life it was all the hard uncomfortable parts of my life that really made me grow and become the person that I am today.
That is why I decided to go out and seek the uncomfortable and quit my job. I went out looking for it because I know it will feel terrifying. I want to feel the fear running through my veins and then take the leap.
Talking about it and actually doing it are two very different things
This is really easy to write about but to actually go out and do it. That’s a different story all together. That is why I like to write about my experiences and not my ideas.
It is so hard to see where you are going when you are battling through the uncomfortable parts.
Steve Jobs said it well you can’t connect the dots looking forward you can only connect the dots looking back.
Admitting to yourself that you have been climbing a ladder for 5 years that is leaning against the wrong building is not the easiest thing to do.
Its not easy to be humble and admit the mistake that you have made.
Its even harder to admit it to yourself.
What I have learnt from my experience of realizing I had chosen the wrong career is that I have been treating failure all wrong.
I used to be ashamed of failure.
Now I have learnt to embrace failure, because there is a lesson that you need to learn in order to achieve the success that you desire.
Ray Dalio said it well in his book Principles: Life and Work
Failure is a step towards success
Ray’s underlying drive is that he fears boredom and mediocrity much more than failure.
When I quit my Job I didn’t know this at the time but I was getting rid of boredom in my life and opening up myself to the possibility of failure.
If you can be humble enough to reflect on your failure and see it as an opportunity to learn from then you are starting to become more comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Why I quit my Job
I decided to quit my job and follow my dream because it will challenge me as a person. It will test me to see how I handle being uncomfortable. It will test how I handle failure.
I am so good at avoiding fear. I’m a master procrastinator.
As I confront my fears and start staring them in the face I am learning more and more about myself and how I handle uncomfortable situations.
Its good to be back
A friend of mine DK said to me “Its good to have you back”
It feels good to be back DK
When you are living a life where you feel like you have to put a mask on every day it can drain everything out of you.
Now that I am living life on my terms, I feel like I can be myself again.
I can express myself
I can make mistakes
I can make spelling errors (I make them all the time, but I don’t let it stop me from writing)
I can be myself and I love it
My Message to you
Don’t do anything drastic like go out and quit your Job. Start Small. Find something that makes you uncomfortable and try it for 3min and see how you do.
Seek out small moments of discomfort to test yourself and see how you react.
You may run for the hills the first few times.
I know I did.
It will get better and it will get easier as you practice getting more comfortable with being uncomfortable.
Find something today that you can try becoming more comfortable being uncomfortable, you may surprise yourself and find something amazing.
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