Two days to go, then I’m on my own: No boss, no office, no colleagues and most unnerving, no pay check!
It’s safe to say I’m more than a little nervous at the thought of not knowing how to pay the rent. If that wasn’t enough to make the heart skip a beat, my second child arrives in two months. Great timing, Jarrod! Currently I’m well paid, I have a great client and contractor base and I work in one of the fastest growing industries in the world.
So why would I leave all that without another job to go to? Good question!
Well, the short answer is to scratch an itch. An itch I’ve had for a while, that won’t go away. With a number of business ideas consuming my thoughts, I’ve decided to take some time out to try and make some of them happen. Yes, it is a huge risk and I could fall flat on my face but there is only one way to find out, right?
Before I joined Recruit I.T. I’ve never had a job for more than 2 years. I was always chasing the next best thing, the next challenge and trying to navigate my way through the concrete jungle in search of success, whatever that was. I had jobs I liked, but never thought to myself, “this is the place for me” so I kept moving. Then one day, I had a call that led to the start of what I considered my actual career. Before I knew it, I was doing more deals and making more money than I ever had before. I was learning about how business really worked, the wonderful world of I.T and working with the biggest companies in the country. I became the highest revenue generating consultant in the company and even hit the magic $1m mark (gloat), a milestone in the industry.
Everything was peachy.
Now as great as this all sounds, it certainly wasn’t easy. I worked big hours, invested my heart and soul into my work and thought about it 24/7. This is not the kind of job you can just do during business hours. You need to constantly be thinking about what you have to do to hit your targets, who you need to speak to next and how you’re going to solve the many problems you face in the ever changing world of I.T. recruitment sales. You have to live and breathe it, and I did. The stress is immense and it takes its toll. I’m sure that anyone in the industry would agree that it’s not for the faint-hearted. That said, if you want the rewards you have to be willing to put in the effort. There’s no escaping that.
Hard work pays off! Fast forward 7 years, I’m part of the senior leadership team, contributing to the strategic direction of the business and managing people, but there’s that itch again. Maybe it’s the famous 7 year itch you hear about: it starts off small and slowly builds until you can’t ignore it anymore. You start to put a few things down in your limited spare time, get excited about it, then, as the work piles on, you put it aside and say “I’ll get back to it later”, but later never seems to come.
I realised that if I’m serious about doing my own thing, I need to actually do it. I need to invest the time I dedicate doing this into my new ventures, otherwise it’s just not going to happen. So I’m taking the plunge into the unknown to give it a shot. Would I advise others to do the same? Hell no! Never quit your job without another job to go to (says the sensible voice in my head). But, I’ve done my time; I’ve earned my stripes and I know I can always come back to the industry. So, for now, I’m taking the risk, tempting fate and surrendering to the universe. Who knows what might happen!
Things I do know? It will be hard, I will lose money and I will lose sleep initially. There will be times when I will ask myself “what on earth was I thinking”, but I’d rather find out the hard way than never find out at all.
Who knows, I might just pull it off. So here I go. Watch this space…
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