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Quitting Your Job: The Second Chicken Coop

hen-sittingWe always think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. So frequently, people leave their stable, full-time jobs to try their hand at working for themselves. They think it will be way better than the job they had. But why take that huge risk, when you could do both?

The other day, I went into my chicken coop. It’s attached to a second chicken coop, which you can only get to by going through my main chicken coop. They’re separated by a door.

When I went into the first coop that morning, I noticed there was a hen sitting in the corner. She wasn’t moving, clucking, or making any noise. She was just sitting there.

I thought to myself, “Hmm. That’s odd.”

I went over and made her move to see if she was sitting on an egg. She wasn’t, so I went about my chores.

That same evening, I went back, and she was laying in the other corner. She still wasn’t moving or making any noise at all. I went to move her again to see if there was an egg, and there still wasn’t.

“Something’s wrong,” I thought to myself. “Why is she just sitting there?”

Then, all of a sudden, this light bulb came on. I counted my hens in both the coops. Sure enough, the one the quiet hen was in had one too many, and the other coop had one too few.

The hen was from the second coop, and just wanted to go home!

Jon Acuff wrote a book called Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job & Your Dream Job. He talks about falling in like with the job you don’t love. It enables you to actually find what you love.

He would sit at his job and hate his employer, because it wasn’t his dream job. He despised him! So he ended up stealing time from him.

Once he took the mindset that his employer had bought forty hours of his time, and that’s what he would give him, everything changed. When he did that, all of a sudden he liked and enjoyed his job. He started getting work done. He started feeling fulfillment.

Not only that, but in his off hours, he was much more empowered to do what he loved!

So many times we are tired, so we go lay down. But if you want energy, the thing to do is move. Energy breeds energy. So if you’re unhappy, sitting around being unhappy doesn’t bring anything but more unhappiness.

You don’t have to quit your job, because that may just make you desperate. But like the job you do have, so you can do what you love without any regret.

What Soccer Can Teach Us About Planning

Planning is essential for moving forward. You can’t go from where you’re at to where you want to be without having a plan. But you can’t possibly take everything into account when you make your plan. Your plan has to allow for flexibility.

I recently read Jon Acuff’s book, Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job & Your Dream Job. He takes a unique view to quitting your day job and starting your dream job. I think it’s a great book.

Acuff uses an analogy of a soccer player. Imagine a soccer player about to shoot a winning goal.

The soccer player says to himself, “Off this corner kick, I’m going to hit the ball perfectly on the side of my head.”

After pausing for a moment, he continues. “Then I’ll make that defender fall down, and the goalie get blinded by the sun. At that point, I’ll hit it perfectly into the corner where nobody can stop it.”

Smiling to himself, he finishes, “And that’s how I’ll score the winning goal. That’s my plan.”

Of course that’s not his plan! That would be ridiculous.

He went for a head-shot, but everything else lined up just right. The defender happened to trip, and the goalie happened to get blinded by the sun. And it all happened just when nobody else could stop the ball.

To paraphrase the old saying, it was a result of preparation meeting opportunity.

So the real question becomes, will you be prepared when opportunity shows up?