Quitting your job: How many women out there who earn a hefty salary would dare give up their lifestyle? With my salary, I had so much freedom to give away money freely, just throw it to the wind, but it wasn’t really for free because obviously a heavy responsibility came with it. Snort. Despite being a Director and only needing to make decisions from my head, I still felt the incredible stress that haunted me daily especially when there was a problem that I had to resolve and although I was good at my job, after awhile as expected, one tends to lose momentum when you start feeling that your value no longer commensurate with salary. I didn’t get shares. Just a big salary.
And because I have great self-esteem (yes, I do know what I am worth!), I will not give more than I get. Especially when I do not feel the sincerity of the other party. So yeah, quitting your job is always a hard decision and it took me an entire year plus to do it. I would keep talking about it and then resign only to be pulled back in with more promises or counter offers. Not proud of it.
But enough is enough. My health issues pushed me over the line and when the Hubs said to stop working, I obeyed my master. He did not want to raise the girls alone. But you know what? It has been a great lift off my back and despite not being able to afford an Hermes bag any longer (cue: *roll your eyes with me altogether now!*), I am not phased one bit. I have always been adaptable after all. So we can no longer eat out all the time without a second thought, well, eating out is bad for you anyway. Just today, we were discussing how we didn’t know if the meat we had just eaten was diseased or not, because even if it was, they just cut off the disease and sell it at the supermarkets still anyway. Awful, right? It’s real though. So real.
I now have time to actually pay attention to my body, fitness and health. Oh yes, the health of my family too. I am officially a STAY-AT-HOME-MOM again!!! I cannot believe it. For that, I have started daily yoga (OK, with 1-2 rest days) forcing myself up at 5.30am to be at the studio for 6am. Did I tell you it was a year of change for me? Mind over matter. I am so not a morning person but heck, if I cannot even do this, then what good am I? So I’m doing it. And then my bum is so itchy that I have already started a new project and am exploring others including one for the Children of Myanmar.
Quitting your job takes guts because there are so many factors at play including the emotional loyalty that you tell yourself to have but if you are not happy with your job, then quit. When you dread going to work to do work, that is a sure sign that you are not happy. Things somehow happen when you least expect it and more doors open for you. That has always been my experience. You just have to take that leap of faith and quit. Money is like the devil. It will keep sucking you in so you can continue to buy more unnecessary stuff but who needs unnecessary stuff anyway? And if money is needed to pay the bills, then my advice would be to start a side business and build it to a point where you can afford quitting your job!!! ANY business is possible if you have your head and your heart aligned, and if you are passionate about it. Honestly. At the end of the day, business is all about relationships. Good thing I learnt this a long time ago. I still remember being interviewed by Regus for 3 hours and then a further interview via video-conference for another 2 and was asked how I was going to increase the bottom line for Regus Malaysia. I doubled my salary and got the job because I had prepared so well for the interview and gave them the right answers. Business is all about relationships. Assuming you have a product that is as good as everyone elses, what is going to make A buy from you versus B? It’s the relationship.
Good business is having the endurance to persevere. It’s about convincing your users how they will benefit from using you. Never destroy a competitor. Never say anything bad about other people’s products or services. These are things people need to find out or learn for themselves. Never play dirty. As long as you are passionate about what you do, even if it is selling spring onions, you will succeed and make a nice income if you worked hard. Working hard and being honest go hand in hand. If you are not succeeding, you have to work harder. Find out why you are not where you want to be. There is always a way to get ahead and it is only a matter of you wanting to get your hands dirty and doing the work, or not. You WILL succeed. Quitting your job is a good choice unless you are blessed enough to have an employer who TRULY remunerates you with your real value. Never sell yourself short.
For me personally, having a business of my own would be one of the most gratifying achievements. I don’t need the money because I have a husband to take care of the bills but heck, my soul needs the challenge. The buzz excites me incredibly and I know I will succeed. Helping others ties in too with my nature so win, win, win, win. India, here I come!!! Quitting your job will be one of your best decisions ever!!!**************************************************************************
Who is Mamapumpkin?
Mamapumpkin spent 7 years in London committing crimes to gain her Bartlett BSc in Architecture. She spent 7 years as a Stay At Home Mom raising her children as documented in this Mamapumpkin blog since over 10 years ago and thereafter returned to the Corporate World stronger than ever. Her last job as Country Director of a British Railway Signalling organisation saw her getting ill with an aortal and mitral heart valve regurgitation and early stage cancer. Through her journey from working to not working to working again, she sets out to prove to all women that they can do anything and everything that they set out to do; as long as they have that fire of desire burning within and the drive to work hard. Even better with oodles of love, passion and integrity.
Despite being ill, she has grown a network marketing business from very little knowledge and experience in the otherwise infamously known MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) industry, racing from an income of ZERO to RM 100,000 monthly in merely 2 years. She is a firm believer of the MLM business model but realises the pitfalls too and understands how and why the majority of people would shy away (or zoom far away) from any MLM business.
She is now pondering the title of her new book, From Zero to 100,000 RM monthly in 2 years and has a sequel in the pipeline with the aim of helping real professionals succeed in the World of MLM. Always the giver, Mamapumpkin has supported orphans for over 30 years and has now extended her care to the sick, single mothers, and even struggling families. She believes that with the MLM business model, we can all have a life of our own desires to enable real contribution into the world.
A beautiful life without limits.
Mamapumpkin currently manages the Homeschooling Hub Malaysia on Facebook. She also runs Working Women Malaysia (not THAT kind of Working Women!), Mamapumpkin - Creating A Life of Abundance, and Funky Moms on Facebook to offer REAL support to all women who want career and life success. She is a living testimony that women really can have a lot. Being financially free has enabled her to travel the world anytime anywhere doing anything, and she spends most of her day to day with her children, reading and supporting other women.
For enquiries, please contact her at mamapumpkin at gmail dot com or WhatsApp her at +6012-2333840