I Quit Chasing the American Dream

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My life is very different now that I’ve quit chasing the American Dream. 

For years, I worked the traditional 9-5 job as a nurse practitioner. I was chasing the American dream: work hard now so that I could retire later and enjoy my golden years. But, as I got older and became a mom, I realized that this dream wasn’t for me. I didn’t want to wait until I was retired to start living my life. So, I took a leap of faith and went full-time with my businesses when I was furloughed from my clinical position in April of 2020. 

Now, I work for myself and set my own hours. I can take vacations whenever I want and don’t have to ask for permission from a boss. My daughter and I are able to spend more time together and enjoy a simpler lifestyle. It hasn’t been easy, but it’s been worth it. I know a lot of nurse practitioners aren’t ready to quit chasing the American Dream; they want the nice car, big house, and everything else that goes along with it by just focusing on working more. 

If you’re thinking about making a similar change in your life, here’s what you need to know.

3 Things You Need to Consider Before Making a Career Change

Making a career change is a big decision. It’s not something you should do lightly. Before you quit your job and strike out on your own, there are a few things you need to consider:

1. Can you afford it? When you’re starting out, your business won’t bring in much money. You need to ensure you have enough to cover your expenses for at least six months; even more if you’re a single parent. Otherwise, you’ll quickly find yourself in financial trouble.

2. What kind of support do you have? Family and friends can be a big help when you’re starting your own business. They can provide emotional support and help with things like childcare or marketing. Make sure you have a solid support system in place before making the switch.

3. Are you prepared for the challenges? Running your own business is challenging—there’s no two ways about it. You need to be prepared for long hours, stressful decision-making, and occasional setbacks. If you’re not up for the challenge, then starting your own business may not be right for you.

Quitting my traditional job was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made—but it’s not right for everyone. If you’re thinking about making a similar change in your life, make sure you consider these three things first. It’s not an easy decision, but it could be your best decision.

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