I Want To Quit

The Temptation to Quit Will Become Greatest Just Before You Are About To Succeed

-Chinese proverb

When I heard this quote from my business mentor, my mind immediately thought of childbirth. Right before a mom has to push her baby out, she goes through a stage called TRANSITION. This is a very intense stage of labor when moms feel out of control and want to quit. According to my Bradley birth instructor, this is when a lot of moms opt for pain medication.

When I first learned about this stage of childbirth, I was really scared of it. But when I was in the midst of it, I was relieved because I knew that I would soon hold my baby and I knew that moment would be worth the diet restrictions, stretched out clothes, waddling, constant need to pee, consistent congestion, frequent visits to the midwife, skin rashes, (pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy) stares from strangers, (is it just me or does everyone stare at the pregnant lady?) stretch marks, intolerable morning sickness that lasted all day for seven plus weeks, and physical pain of childbirth.

My mentor also said that if you haven’t felt like quitting yet, you probably aren’t working hard enough. So, if you have any goals–health, business, financial, or any other kinds of goals–and you feel like quitting, congratulations! Your efforts are moving you in the right direction. It is almost time to hold your metaphorical baby. Just don’t give up!

Entrepreneurship, Side Gigs, and Side Hustles

Remember the days when companies would pay for your healthcare at 100%? Remember the days when it was easy to buy a house? Remember the days when substantial pay raises and generous bonuses were commonplace? I don’t really remember those days because I was a kid. I’m no financial expert, but I think those financial golden years are gone and I’m not sure if they are coming back. That’s why it is important to diversify your career. To me, this is a fairly new concept. I started learning more about this concept from radio shows and I recently read a book entitled 10% Entrepreneur by Patrick McGinnis. It was a pretty good read.

Have you ever considered entrepreneurship or a Side Gig/Side Hustle? It seems that more people than ever have Side Gigs. These people include Uber drivers, Network Marketing Professionals, craftspeople, inventors, writers, dog walkers, social media pros, etc. I have a Side Gig and have some ideas for new ones. If I lose my 9 to 5 job, at least I will have something to fall back on. Side Hustles are often more fun than 9 to 5’s as well!

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This post was originally published on January 5, 2019; it was updated on September 30, 2019.