Fear Of Quitting the 9 to 5

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"I want to quit my 9 to 5 job"

Before I get into the detail, I would like to share with you about what made me want to write about this topic.

I love to observe people, not in a "Creepy way" of course. What I mean is that I love having a conversation with people whether to be my co-worker, my family members, people that I come in contact with from day to day and especially Myself. I have learned things about myself recently through a journey of trying to be true to myself and start to have a genuine and authentic conversation with people. I often share my thoughts and what I'm trying to accomplish by creating job freedom and "quit 9 to 5 job"  with people because I want to help them do the same. 

These conversations make me realize how most people are living in "fear of failing" and what I found was that there are two groups of people.


The first group is people who when I told them about my journey on becoming an entrepreneur and created the lifestyle that I want, they would smile and says "good for you; you are a dreamer" with the emotion on their faces that doesn't match their words. Then they just kind of brush off the conversation. When people say things like "good for you" or "well that interesting," I would ask them "so what is your dream." Their face would light up; they would tell me about what they rather do, but they usually will say at the end "I don't think that will ever happen. What I saw at that moment was fear of failing without even try.

The second group is people who get very surprise when I say "I'm working on quitting 9 to 5 job because I want to have freedom of time, freedom to travel the world and freedom of the lifestyle." This group of people often said "How do you do it," "What are you doing," and "That's awesome."  I would ask them"what are your dreams." I found that these people have so many dreams, but they would say "I want to do that, but I don't know if it will work out for me." As I observed them, I could see the fear of the unknown written over their faces. They would often block out their dreams because they were told, whether to be their parents, friends, and institutions that working 9 to 5 job is the only real way to create an income.

Many people let fear overcome their dreams. I was one of these people. I let fear of failing stopped me from pursuing my passion, my dreams, and the lifestyle that I want. It has taken me a long time to get over thinking that tradition full-time job is the only way to live and earn income.  My journey of breaking out of my fear of failing was brutal. However, it wasn't just about earning income for me, but it is about a quality of life. 

An important lesson that I learned from my ongoing journey is that I wouldn't let fear of failure holding me back. I had to work on overcoming my fear to eventually not feel the fear anymore. How I came to this conclusion was that if I continue to not doing anything, I will stay in the same place; a place that I didn't want to be. One more thing that I would share with all you dreamers is my belief that "Fear is only a feeling; it can't hold you back."

Don't let a dream stay only a dream

- May St. Onge

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