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There are plenty of reasons why people decide to leave their job, but there are many more reasons not to. Student debt, a mortgage, or simply the financial security at risk, the list goes on and on. Choosing to leave your job is entirely a personal decision and sometimes a very difficult one. However, I knew working within the constraints of a traditional office environment was not for me. Days quickly blurred into months which turned into years. Things were happening too fast and nearly five years had gone by in the blink of an eye.

Feb 20, 2020 | Lifestyle, Remote Work

Why I Quit My Dream Job

Written by Megan Marie

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There are plenty of reasons why people decide to leave their job, but there are many more reasons not to. Student debt, a mortgage, or simply the financial security at risk, the list goes on and on. Choosing to leave your job is entirely a personal decision and sometimes a very difficult one. However, I knew working within the constraints of a traditional office environment was not for me. Days quickly blurred into months which turned into years. Things were happening too fast and nearly five years had gone by in the blink of an eye.

“Corporate America isn’t going anywhere,” she told me. “It will always be there when you get back.”

Why is it that words from a stranger sometimes speak more to us than those who know us best? The comment above is one that a fellow traveler wrote to me on Instagram when I asked her opinion on quitting her job to travel the world.

There are plenty of reasons why people decide to leave their job, but there are many more reasons not to. Student debt, a mortgage, or simply the financial security at risk, the list goes on and on. Choosing to leave your job is entirely a personal decision and sometimes a very difficult one.

However, I knew working within the constraints of a traditional office environment was not for me. Days quickly blurred into months which turned into years. Things were happening too fast and nearly five years had gone by in the blink of an eye.

I realized very quickly that time is linear, not cyclical like we are conditioned to think. This concept terrified me and I began to question what I was doing with my time.

My departure from my job was about two years in the making. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved my job. I was fortunate enough to have some of the best managers at the company. I grew both personally and professionally in ways I never imagined, but I was continually left unsatisfied and longing for more. I couldn’t shake the desire to go off the beaten path, start my own company and travel the world.

I must say that I’ve never been happier. I mustered up the courage to leave my company on a good note and am pursuing my passion: travel and working remotely growing my start-up.

More often than not, quitting your job is perceived as being unhappy. However, you don’t have to hate your job to want to leave and try something new.

As I sit here in a Cape Town cafe surrounded by other people who chose this lifestyle, I can’t help but smile. Really, I’m smiling right now writing this! It is the most incredible feeling knowing that this is a sustainable lifestyle and you can achieve financial stability as well. You can even do it to!

Over the course of this year, I’ll be writing all about this new lifestyle including all of it’s highs-and-lows. Next up: How I Saved To Live Jobless For One Year.

Stay tuned for more travel tips, entrepreneurial insight and digital nomad resources in the upcoming weeks!

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