Yes, I quit my j.o.b. two weeks ago and took a path into the unknown.
I have spoken in length about my business and its failure last year in various articles since I started this blog. Hence, I had to find other means to survive and take care of my expenses, so I applied to Chick-Fil-A for a Front Counter service position.
I did not expect that I would have been in such a position in my life again. Coming from running my own restaurant company to in a few months working in someone else’s as a Cashier basically.
For a while after starting, I accepted the fact that it would be my reality for a while. I had to do this to help pay my rent and the utilities, and I had to eat. I could not allow pride and ego to get in the way, I had no choice, either I do this or go homeless.
This is the first time I have gotten so personal about my ordeal to you guys, but I feel compelled to share this story as it might help you go through a low point in your life and realize what really matters.
The J.O.B. (Just Over Broke)
I applied to the job after seeing it posted on Indeed.com in November.
At the recommendation of my best friend I was told to write a cover letter and go in the store to apply in person. I went in, filled out the in-store application and handed over my cover letter and resume.
I immediately got an interview with the owner and was hired on the spot. He was excited at the experience I had having run a restaurant company and how I could use that experience to help in his business.
I started two weeks later after completing mandatory online assessments. I worked there for three months, toiling 8 hours a day on my feet. It was strenuous work for very little pay. But, I did my best. I smiled with most customers, performed duties when asked by co-workers and offered the best service I could.
I had built a rapport within the business. Everyone admired my hardworking and energetic work ethic. I was getting rave reviews from customers and management. But, to me, I was just doing what the job description requires. I was not putting in any extra effort to get credits, I simply performed my duties.
Apparently, in my doing that, I unintentionally outperformed most.
However, three months in, the job began to take a toll on my happiness. I started to lack that initial enthusiasm, my face was grumpy almost daily, I did not care if I reached work late, and it was affecting my attitude even at home.
This was when I knew it was time to go.
You see, I was working five days a week, 8 hours per day and at the end of each month could not even afford to pay my utility bills (light and internet alone) in full, much less my rent.
I could not contribute to paying down on my huge credit card debts and student loans (I mean not even $1). I was not making enough to even consider buying a well used car.
The bottom line is, me working all those hours, sacrificing my time and energy to make someone else’s dream a reality was pointless. I am not a selfish person, I will give of myself to help others succeed, but not to the point where I sacrifice my well being, happiness and basic necessities.
Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.
So, on the last week of January I submitted my resignation.
Not knowing what the future holds or certain of my next move. But, I had to take the risk.
The Entrepreneur in me could not allow myself to settle for so little anymore. I had to take a stand in my life and figure out the next way forward. The way to get out of the slump I found myself in last year.
The only way to do that was to go out into the unknown.
I know some of you may say it was unwise to leave a job and go off into uncertainty, no matter how small the compensation may have been. But, for me, this is bigger than money. This is about freedom and creating the path to achieving the success I have dreamt of since childhood.
I have many projects that I want to pursue, and with my days now being free from a j.o.b., I can focus fully on those projects and find ways to make them a success.
How I get by?
Luckily, I have a partner who supports me 100%. Therefore, despite the fact that we are still behind on the bills and the rent is still not fully paid every month, and I still cannot contribute at all to my debt payments…I am happy!
Once we have food to eat and a path towards creating the lives we dream of, I am happy.
I have been through a lot in my short life. I know you have too. But, how we take charge of those setbacks and what we learn from them, will decide our future.
I want a future that is bright, prosperous, full of liberties, comfort and happiness.
Not one that ties to me to a j.o.b. because I have no choice, or one that restricts how I live my life and the things I want to accomplish
What I have learnt…
Working at Chick-Fil-A taught me many lessons. Ones that will help build my strength and resolve going forward. I do not see the job as something I should not have done, but, something that was necessary for me to learn humility, find what truly makes me happy, and understanding that no matter what we do, we can make a difference.
I do not know what the future holds. None of us do, but I hope you can look into your life and see the things that are stealing your happiness. The things that are restricting your freedom, holding back your blessings and blocking your path.
I hope you see that there is more to life than doing a j.o.b. to get by. I know you have responsibilities, I know you have to survive, I know you are scared.
But, taking the leap is never easy and you can lose everything. But, look at the alternative, if you lose your happiness, you have lost anyway.
Do what makes you happy!