I quit my corporate career after 22 years.
Hi, I’m Lori.
And I’m a quitter.
I quit doubting my abilities and being paid too little for my talents.
I quit racing out the door every morning to make that next “urgent” meeting set by someone else while being held captive in our corporate cells.
I quit having to fly around the world at someone else’s demand and instead choosing when and where I want to travel with my family for my business.
I quit scheduling 6 am conference calls to Europe and 9 PM conference calls to Asia because that’s my family time.
I quit worrying about what that new boss is going to do to our project budget and timeline and staffing levels.
I quit the corporate rat race but I still do what I love, with all my professional skills and experiences, on my time, with clients I chose, from the comfort of my home.
These days I’m home every morning for breakfast and I’m here every afternoon when the bus pulls up.
Yes sometimes I work early mornings or late evenings but it’s by my choice.
I truly quit working. Because what I do now rarely feels like work.
If you’re like me, a busy corporate working mom, you’ve spent time choking back angry words and hot tears in your cubicle for a million and one reasons.
Let me tell you the truth that no one else is sharing…
You were made for more than this. And there is a better way to be wife, mom and mega-__________ (insert your super talent) for the world.
You see, you are so talented that the smart people in your company want to keep you around. They’ll stroke you with just the right compliments and just enough flexibility to make the job tolerable. Of course, they aren’t going to tell you that you are worth more because they don’t want to lose you.
You might be sitting there thinking, “But Lori, that is great for YOU. It won’t be the same for ME. I won’t be as lucky.”
Nope. Nada. Luck has nothing to do with it. It takes brains (you’ve got them), a system (you can learn that) and a new way of thinking outside of the corporate mold (you’ll start going there with this article.)
There are 3 primary reasons to quit your corporate career now:
#1 Freedom – You make your schedule
Do you dread setting the alarm clock at night? Does the sound of it going off in the morning make you cringe? Does it make you shiver with anger every time you have to take time off for a doctor’s appointment or vacation? If any of things are ringing true for you, then you are craving a life of control – where you are in charge. Running your own business does not mean you do not have the responsibility, it simply means you are one making the decisions. Many times it is MORE work, but it is work you care about.
#2 Family – Your most important priority
Oh moms. This is where my heart and passion lie. I can remember laying awake night after night just devastated that another day would go by where I would miss seeing those sweet cheeks laying next to me. Hearing the baby belly laughs or experience the awkward elementary plays because I had a late meeting. There is no pain like a mother’s hurt, feeling like she is letting her family down (even though we are NOT – know that I do not feel that way… I just know what YOU are feeling. I have been there!). If you have the passion and desire to BE there with your family. Truly there, in and out every single day no matter the good, bad, in between times – there is a path to do so and the options are more available than ever.
#3 Passion – You were made for more than what’s inside those cubicle walls
Now, don’t think for a second I am getting all “woo-woo” on you! My techie side just isn’t made like that, I promise. BUT – there is something to be said for following what we love. If you are with me reading this, you have something you love, truly love. You have a piece of you that is missing, where your career just isn’t enough. Where your career + family STILL isn’t filling a void that you NEED to feel complete. Honestly, I have spoken to so many mothers who feel BAD about this. Please do not. This is incredible and is one the things that make you such a great mom. Your passion and drive are what will bring you great success.
You likely have some business ideas and maybe you’ve even taken some steps to get started but it feels like everything is stacked against you and it seems that it may be just easier to tough it out in this job.
Don’t be lulled into complacency with the “easy” money.
Your job there is no safer than the entrepreneurial world. It could be cut tomorrow and “they” are not going to feel bad about that. “They” care about the company first, people second.
My only regret leaving my corporate job is that I didn’t do it soon enough.
Don’t believe the lies within those cubicle walls. There is a way out that doesn’t mean sacrificing your family nor your professional skills.
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What is holding you back? Why not quit your corporate career now? Please share in the comment section below, maybe we can find our way through that together.