Finding the Courage to Quit Your Job

Updated: Mar 12

Any huge life’s decision requires a bit or a lot of courage. Even if you think you want to marry a certain person, it may take all your courage to make that walk down the aisle and make a life commitment. Famous actor, John Wayne, once said, “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”



A job gives you a certain amount of security – to pay your bills, put food on the table and provide a paycheck that meets most of your needs. It’s hard to gather up the courage to give that up and strike out on your own. It requires courage and passion.

Even if you have the passion, you may lack the courage to actually make the leap. But some planning and assessing may help you develop that courage and make the transition smoother when you do make the leap. Here are some ways to find that elusive courage:


  • Calm your fears. Think about your fears of quitting your job. While the thought is incredibly freeing, the path can be daunting. You know it won’t be easy if you’ve studied the issue that building a business takes. Learn ways to keep the paralyzing fear from controlling you. It may be meditation, exercise or just pure research and knowledge which can put you in your comfort zone. Find it and calm your fears once and for all.



  • Celebrate your accomplishments. Celebrate both the small and the large ones by savoring them in any way that’s viable for you. The momentum you create by the celebrations will carry you on to the larger accomplishments and the completion of your dream.


  • Surround yourself with positivity. Friends and family who are supportive of your journey to become an entrepreneur – or to follow a dream that’s off the grid – can be extremely instrumental in helping you reach your entrepreneurial goals.


  • Visualize. Make the visualization of your dreams and goals a daily function of your brain. Your mind has the power to give you the courage you need to accomplish virtually anything. But, the brain has to have something to work with. Use story boards, immerse yourself in positive thinking about what your future will be or anything possible to keep your dreams alive. See that picture of success in your mind (and keep it there) until you reach that success.



The only way you’re going to achieve all you dream of is to keep moving forward – from one goal and one achievement to the next. Know ahead of time that it won’t be easy, but as former U.S. President, Theodore Roosevelt, once said, “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”

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