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In my previous post I discussed the five signs it’s time to quit your job, after some feedback I thought it would be valuable to go about discussing how. Now there is no one way about it, we all face different circumstances and responsibilities in our lives, but I believe one thing should be inherent when you want to quit your job, that you know where your true passions lie, and you have thought deeply about how you want to spend the rest of your professional life. So with that being said here are five tips on how to go about the process of quitting your job.

1. EXPLORE KNOWN TERRITORY

Before completely pulling the plug on your current organization as a whole take a few weeks to explore opportunities that cater to your interests in other units or departments. Try to meet with a leader you look up to and would want to work with to gauge the opportunity to learn from them. A long shot would be to suggest a new role within your current organization that would allow you to build on your personal passions and interests. In general the chances on this approach are somewhat slim, but if you are quitting anyway, you have got everything to gain, and nothing to lose.

2. THE PERSONAL STRUGGLE

Quitting your job can have a heavy impact on you personally, the stress, the anxiety, worrying about what’s next, and if things will work out. My best advice is to surround yourself with the people you love and care about most, keep them updated on your next move, ask for their advice, and seek them out to keep your spirits high as you venture into new and unchartered territory, you don’t have to walk a bumpy path alone.

3. THE POWER OF MENTORS

Words cannot describe home much I value great mentors and leaders who are doing the things I want to be doing and making time to share their journeys and be part of yours. (Shout Out to Najla Al Midfa, Paul Kenny, and my current faculty and classmates at the GSB). In my opinion there is no better way to seek out advice on how to go about transitioning to a new role, supporting a current start up, or just giving you their general feedback on your thoughts and decisions. So drop an email to someone who is doing what you want to do, you admire professionally, or you just think is really awesome. In my experience nine times out of ten they get back to you, and they love being able to help, hence the reason you thought they were awesome in the first place.

4. READ, LEARN, EXECUTE, REPEAT

Read as many books as you can on how to transition, the industries you want to venture into, and the career you want to build. I would recommend steering on the side of books that use a lot of examples of personal stories on industry leaders and entrepreneurs who have shaped the way we live our lives. Take notes on the key points that will help you make the moves necessary, put them into practice right away, if they help then keep going, if they don’t drop them quick, then repeat.

5. HAVE A PLAN Z

In Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha’s awesome book The Start Up Of You, he talks about a Plan Z whenever you are taking a risk with your career, where essentially your Plan Z is your worst case scenario. If you lost everything, if everything that could possibly go wrong went wrong, where would you end up, for him it was his fathers couch, so he went for it and started LinkedIn. Before you quit, think of your worst-case scenario, if it doesn’t involve living on the streets, going hungry, or losing the people you love, make your move.

I am a big believer that when a person follows their heart they bring success that much closer to their lives, happiness surrounds everything that they do, and they essentially erase the line between work and play. However the counter argument is always “It is easier said, than done”. As a husband and father of two young boys I can relate to that statement, how will I go about following through on my personal dreams and ambitions where the stability and prosperity of three lives rest on my every decision. But I flip that statement, it is because the prosperity of three lives rest on my shoulders that I have to follow through on my dreams, settling for anything less is not an option or an example I want to leave them with, and I hope these five steps are a good start, regardless I am about to find out.

P.s. Thanks for taking the time to read this, it truly means a lot, if you found this post helpful please share with others on Facebook, twitter, and wherever else you think it can add value. Much love!