I quit the corporate grind last April 2016 to write and build an author business (and also start a tech startup called Market Orders).
Here, I share with you my diary entry when I left being an employee and became an entrepreneur. This took some courage to do and is the original post I wrote shortly after taking the leap (only tidied up for improved readability). Read on to take a peak into my mindset, warts and all!
Read on to take a peak into my mindset, warts and all!
Day 1 Entrepreneur – My diary entry
So today was my first official day of working for myself!!! Although I left corporate last Thursday I gave myself Friday and the weekend to just take a break and let it all sink in.
I spent all weekend just de-cluttering, and I found it amazingly easy to get rid of stuff that I have been holding on for years.
I found it so easy to just let it go. I feel like I no longer need those items and that they belong to the old version of me.
I feel like I am entering a new chapter and a new journey and as such, I no longer need the old things which perhaps I needed before but no longer serve me.
I also surprisingly, for me, found it easy to give away about 70 books, considering I am a massive book hoarder. But it felt so good, and I’m happy to give them away.
I also cleared out six sackfuls of beautiful shoes and bags, but I don’t care for them nor do I love them anymore. So I feel its better I give them away whereby they can find a new home and be loved and cared for by someone else.
I know I am starting a new journey and I feel good about it. I feel this is the right time and place for me to start self-employment and create and add value to the world by building my business. Its super exciting and I am looking forward to what I can and will create.
I feel like I am purging out all the things that no longer serve me. I cleared out my clothes and books as well as my inbox.
I feel lighter and happier and today just came across a charity bin right round the corner from me so I can drop my stuff there rather than it sitting at home cluttering up the room as I am so keen just to get rid of the stuff.
It feels so liberating knowing that I am in control and that all these material things no longer have a hold over me.
I don’t feel guilt or the need to hold onto them. Instead, I feel in control and only kept items that make me feel good and give me energy.
There were some items that totally drained me when I looked at them or other things I didn’t love anymore but felt obliged to keep them.
But not anymore. I feel happy to let them go. I feel I am cutting the deadweight so that I can now fly an dlift off with no dead baggage holding me back!
Out with the old, in with the new
Reading this a year later, I can see how I had a huge urge to clear out the ‘old me’.
I felt like I was getting rid of the corporate stuffy side and making way for the new creative stuff I wanted to create in my life.
Sometimes you need to have a huge clear out, not just physically but mentally too. And this is why I went through a huge de-cluttering phase. I felt like I was also clearing my mind.
I also talk about this in my book Escape The Cubicle. And I do think it’s important to clear out the old as that’s the only way new and fresh stuff can enter your life.
Today I have far fewer possessions that I did a year ago yet have never been happier. And I’m still downsizing and reducing my material possessions.
Simply because the more focused I become in my life, the more I recognise what I do and don’t want anymore.
Having more focus in my life has come from knowing what my purpose in life is.
I also discuss the importance of finding your purpose in my book Escape The Cubicle. If you are struggling with finding what your purpose in life is, check out the relevant chapter in the book when it is released.
I now realise that I don’t need to hold onto so much stuff I have accumulated. I no longer have a fear of letting go.
The bulk of stuff that I cleared out was predominately clothing and books. Though I love reading books I am switching to ebooks and only buying physical books if I absolutely LOVE the book and refer back to it often.
What were your experiences like when you moved from employee to entrepreneur? Please join in the conversation below by adding your comments or questions.