We spend most of our life either sleeping or working. The average American currently sleeps about 6.8 hours a day and works full-time around 47 hours a week, which equates to nearly six days a week, according to Gallup. With that in mind, I will tell you why I decided to quit my job.
- Waking up in a bad mood because I couldn’t stand the thought of doing the same thing I’d done the day before.
- Constantly looking at my watch wondering when it was time to go home.
- And often asking myself, why do I feel so empty?
For me, the mental shift started back in 2008, when I decided to leave my corporate job to pursue the world of real estate. Back then, I was a manager working for a National Bank making about $70K a year. This was around the same time the economy had collapsed and most of my friends and family members were getting laid off. Tons of people were loosing their job and what did I decide to do? I decided to quit my job. I remember most of my “friends” thought I’d lost my mind. They would say, “Are you crazy? Don’t you realize we are in the middle of a massive recession?”
Below are my top 3 reasons why I decide to quit my job.
I felt empty and uninspired.
I wasn’t making enough $$$ in return for my time. I remember seeing my paycheck one day while I was managing the bank and saying out loud, “This doesn’t make any sense! I work 50 hours a week, I’m bringing in millions of dollars and this is what I get paid?”
My parents got laid off. It was an incredibly shocking experience but it taught me a big lesson. Mom and Dad had been raised with the idea that a job was a safe bet and yet I saw this idea crumble down before my own eyes. They were both highly respected teachers in private schools with over 25 years of experience. So, why did they get laid off?
For starters, the economy was going through a deep recession and many companies across United States were closing down. Companies were re-adjusting their payroll either by cutting labor hours or laying off employees but what impacted me the most was to see how my parents didn’t have any control of the outcome as the employee. This was the first time I got to see a clear advantage to owning a business. I had a huge “aha” moment and decided to start my business right away. My parents job loss became my biggest inspiration to become Self-Employed.
I got my Real Estate license in 2009 during one of the worst real estate markets the United States had ever seen. Prices were down more that 50% and it seemed like everyone was about to lose their home. Some couldn’t pay anymore because they had lost their jobs and others simply because their adjustable interest rate had gone up and the payment had also increased.
I started my real estate career with a long-term vision and a burning desire to succeed. My first year was slow and I made very little money selling a few small homes. In my second year, I partnered up with a top realtor and began to learn the art of selling million dollar listings. I was introduced to all the top players in South Florida and got an opportunity to learn from the best. It was definitely a step in the right direction. Success didn’t happen overnight but the new partnership certainly gave me the tools to become a successful businessman. Before we knew, deals started to close and the partnership grew stronger and stronger. We became great friends and the rest is history. I will forever be grateful to Carlos Justo for the opportunity he caused in my life. Today, I’m living my dream selling Real Estate and coaching entrepreneurs the techniques required to tap into the high-end market.
Anything is possible if really want it. If you’ve been thinking about making a career change but haven’t taken any action, what are you waiting for? Get into action today and start thinking about your future. It doesn’t matter where you are or where you’ve been. What matters is the desire to do what truly inspires you. I strongly believe that when there’s a will, there’s a way.
“If you don’t build your own dream someone else will hire you to help build theirs.” -Tony Gaskins
Fast forward to 2016, I’m now recognized as one of the top agents in Miami Beach, FL. I had one of the highest sales in Miami-Dade county in 2015 and I’m considered a leading expert in my field having been featured multiple times in prominent publications such as the Miami Herald, the South Florida Business Journal, the Real Deal South Florida Magazine, and the Daily Business Review. Over the course of my career, I’ve had the pleasure to work with top executives, renowned public figures, famed professional athletes, and celebrity clients.
Ask yourself, what inspires you and what drives you? The answer is in your heart and it will lead you in the right direction.