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7 (Life-Changing) Lessons I Learnt After Quitting My Job

Comments (23)
  1. Hi Kat,
    I can completely relate to this post – I left my full time job in February this year to start my online business and blog. When you throw yourself into the deep end like this, you definitely learn hard and fast! And you’re right – self employment is not easy and it’s not for everyone, but if you do take the leap, back yourself and hustle, it’s so worth the freedom and flexibility! Best of luck with it all 🙂

    1. Kat says:

      Hey Melanie,

      Thanks so much for commenting – I’m glad that this rang true with you and love meeting fellow business owners. Hope you’re having a cracker of a year and finding fulfilment in what you’re doing now! 🙂

      – Kat

  2. Kathy says:

    Hey Kat – nice to connect though the Problogger challenge. I really relate to No 4 and 6. My non-day job is teaching yoga and I specialise in yin yoga, which is all about slow micro-tears in the fascia and connective tissue to achieve depth and flexibility – you have to work through the dark stuff to get to the depth. And I really relate to No 6 in my present circumstance – I’ve had much more challenging career roles before but I chose to work part time (still four days a week) and have been pidgeon-holed and under-valued by a boss who is probably jealous that I’ve prioritised family over career.

    1. Kat says:

      Hi Kathy, it’s great how it’s managing to pull a bunch of strangers together and turn us into blogging allies! 😉 Thanks for taking the time to read and comment – I’m glad you were able to find it relatable. 4’s a huge one for me too. I’ve lost count of how many meltdowns I’ve had that soon turned into breakthroughs – I need to remind myself constantly to just hang in there another day or two! Ah yes, the jealous boss thing is a classic too. They don’t like to find out that they’re no longer your number 1 priority! Keep your chin up – the most rewarding path is generally the toughest and is sure to attract unwanted attention. See it as a sign that you’re doing the right thing by you. 🙂

    2. I love yin yoga! I like how you related it to this post. That’s very true.

  3. Ryan says:

    Lovely post, I agree money isn’t the most important thing #blogging groove

    1. Kat says:

      Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to comment. Glad you liked it 🙂

  4. Joel says:

    Kat, I am basically in the same position as you when it comes to the resume, lots of life experience from working, books and courses, but not the educational experience most employers look for.

    While the road is still finding its way to self-employment, I know that it is going to be very worthwhile once I get there.

    1. Kat says:

      Hey Joel! And I bet we’re not the only ones. Thankfully some employers value potential and character over traditional skills/training. Stay on the path and take ownership of everything you’ve already got going for you – it’ll pay off. 🙂

  5. Courtney says:

    Kat, I love this post…My goal is to be self-employed in the next 5 years. (who knows maybe sooner). I know it will be hard work and is going to requiring saving $$$ before I get there but I also know that having a boss isn’t something that I can live with forever. Thanks for the motivation !!!

    1. Kat says:

      Aww, yay! So glad you liked it – really appreciate the comment too. 🙂 It’s definitely doable, so stay strong and put those blinkers on to avoid the naysayers. I might have to do a follow-up post with some practical tips on how to make the transition too! Thanks again. — K x

  6. Rashida says:

    Hi Kat so many of the things you’ve said are true. I doubt I can go back and work 9-5 after being my own boss. I’ve also learnt and grown so much as a biz owner than I ever did as an employee. I’m pretty proud of how far I’ve come and so should you!

    1. Kat says:

      Hey Rashida! Ha, yeah I don’t think I could even deal with a day of being an employee anymore. And yep, so true. I think so many (not all – I realise there are some awesome exceptions) jobs stunt our growth because us growing and changing isn’t in the company’s best interests. Yay for us – definitely proud despite the dark days! 😉

  7. Brady says:

    Hi Kat,
    I loved the article. I am not planning to leave my job but I still found it fun and easy to read. I have a lot of respect for you guys who go and make your own path. Much success to you.


    1. Kat says:

      Hi Brady,

      Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment. Glad you found the article enjoyable even if you didn’t quite relate. Everyone’s path is different, so as long as you’re enjoying yours, that’s awesome. All the best! – Kat

  8. Dee says:

    Totally agree with you about formal education. I went to university and I think it just labelled me more than anything else! If you don’t have a degree in anything then you can’t be labelled.Being self employed sounds like a dream to me. I’m working on it xx

    1. Kat says:

      Gotta love the irony! ‘Tis a bit of a dream (though some days it resembles more of a nightmare!) – I have to pinch myself sometimes. Keep at it – you’ll make it happen if you stay focused and want it bad enough. xx

  9. Sharon says:

    So true and your disclaimer is spot on. People need to understand what they are getting into.

    1. Kat says:

      Thanks for reading, Sharon. Yep, it’s not for the faint hearted! 😉

  10. Kristie says:

    What a lovely blog you have Kate! Love the big images! Thank you for the helpful tips! I really took a couple of things out of this. It’s true, we learn by being thrown in the deep end and we definitely need to back ourselves 100%, sometimes not always easy! Thanks again,
    Kristie x

    1. Kat says:

      Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment, Kristie – thrilled you got something out of it and appreciate the feedback on the blog! Here’s to diving in the deep end! 😉 — K x

  11. Sammy says:

    All so very true! Every so often I find myself falling into a similar trap of re-thinking my decisions when it comes to my career – and I couldn’t agree more with your position on it all! Well done for all you’ve achieved so far…and will continue to do I’m sure 💕 – Sammy x

    1. Kat says:

      I think we all do it, but from what I’ve observed so far, I tend to do it from a place of fear — which I’ll take as a good thing because it means we’re putting ourselves out on a ledge (aka the only place anything good happens!) Thanks for reading and commenting – I really appreciate the feedback. xx

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