I remember the day that I decided to quit my job and start a company like it was yesterday. Although it wasn’t a snap decision and rather one that took many years, it still feels as though it hit me like a lightning bolt. At the time, there were a number of reasons fueling the decision and although some of them are too personal to share here, I decided to give myself 10 minutes to come up with 5 reasons that I’d like to share with you:
Those aren’t necessarily my top 5 reasons, but they’re the 5 reasons that came to me in the 10 minutes. The interesting thing is that a lot of these relate to the thought of one day looking back and regretting the decisions I made. Can you think of anything worse than that? You hear the stories about people on their death beds listing things that they wished they had done – gives me the shivers just thinking about it. In fact, the other day I read an interesting article about a nurse who revealed the top 5 things people on their death beds regret:
In my opinion, all of these relate to something really simple: Taking control of your life, making decisions that you know will make you happy and making decisions that will keep the closest people around you closer. It doesn’t matter how successful you are in business, how much money you have, what car you drive – what matters is your family and friends. Of course, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that people should drop their jobs and live in the bush, money is an enabler, but perhaps next time you’re faced with a financial decision or the likes, think about those around you and factor that into your decision.
Photograph by: Ken C.K. Lam.
I guess the big question is, was the decision worth it? Did quitting and starting a company fulfil the 5 reasons and do I feel that it’ll assist with avoiding regret?
The answer isn’t a straight forward yes or no because one cannot predict the future. What I can tell you outright is that I made the right decision and that I’m happier than ever. Would I do it again? Absolutely.
Please feel free to leave a comment below with your opinion on this, are you doing things to make you ultimately happy?