The eerie darkness of that night would never escape my memory. I clearly remember the pitch-black curtain draped over the sky and the twisted, warped shapes that the stars made against the blackness. It was 9 PM that fateful evening when I returned home, tired and exhausted from the day’s job.
Eager to flee from the biting cold outside, I reached into my pocket for my keys. Then, I realized I had forgotten them on my desk. My office was a 2-hour drive from home.
Perfect but impossible
Returning to the office would have been the perfect idea except that the entire office premises had already been shut down for the day. I could not also break my door but I had to be at work the next day by 5:30 AM. And yes, I was in a foreign land — Nigeria.
Being in a foreign land also meant I had no friends to turn to for shelter. Tired and exhausted, I sat on the floor in front of my door, thinking of what to do, how to take my bath, eat something and rest for the next day’s ‘wahala.’ In my crowded thoughts, I didn’t realize when I slept off but only realized later that I was outside. And when I looked at my watch, it was 2 AM.
Other than the darkness, all that seemed to exist was the chilly wind whose harsh bite I could feel through my shirt. I felt the hairs on my arms raise and the bite of the wind left its mark in the form of small bumps that tingled on my arms.
Hungry, tired and cold, I burst into tears; I didn’t know when I started crying. Unlike some of my peers, I had a job, got a salary but had no freedom. I cried and slept off again with the hunger and everything.
I got up the next morning by 6:30 AM, rushed back to work with the same dirty clothes to at least explain my ordeal to my boss and probably take the day off. But when I got there around 9 AM, I got the most shocking experience of my life.
First, my boss embarrassed me before his visitors and secondly, my request wasn’t granted. At that point, I had two options; to either stay at the office or go home and never come back. That’s how ‘well’ employers treat employees.
At that moment, I felt embarrassed, cheated, dehumanized, under-looked, marginalized, betrayed and… I couldn’t forgive myself. For the rest of the day, I was down mentally.
At that point, I decided to quit that job. But my fear was…, if I finally quit, what else? Where do I go and what do I do after quitting?
Back to the harsh disrespectful labor market, looking for another boring and tiring job? Even if I decide to, what’s the possibility of getting another one anytime soon? Besides, I had no savings. What possibly will I be surviving on? My rent was just 3 months to expire. What will I do if I couldn’t get a job within that time frame?
At the time, I had a lot of responsibilities; siblings calling here and there. What will I say when they call?
Quitting my job would mean keeping over 10 human beings hungry for as long as I remained jobless. With all these issues going through my mind, my health began deteriorating and I didn’t know when I slumped.
Making the tough call to become an entrepreneur
I only regained consciousness later that evening at about 4:36 PM and found myself in the hospital. When I enquired, I was told I slumped while working. Streams of tears ran down my cheeks as I thought, “what if I had died?”
Will I stay in the land of eternity and feed those people I cared so much about? Will I pay my rent and sort out bills from my grave? For another one hour, the question, “what if I had DIED?” kept coming back.
So, I had to tell myself the truth. That freedom is better off than any job. While still pondering on what to do, the doctor handed me a book titled, “BEFORE YOU QUIT YOUR JOB” by Robert Kiyosaki.
That was my turning point. From that hospital, I never went to that office again. It was over. Officially. And I had decided I’d rather become my own boss and be a slave to no man. Yes, it was a hard decision to make. But I discovered it’s risky to take a risk but riskier not to take a risk at all. Besides, gain only comes after some pains and that glory only comes after some sorry.
I had resigned and for the first week after my resignation, everything was okay. I had enough rest, but after that, I had to face the reality of not having a job. Of not having the hope of the end of month pay cheque. Not having a place in mind where I could collect an overdraft or colleagues I could borrow from and promise to refund the money at the end of the month.
I felt nothing but hopeless, almost regretted quitting my job and tempted to go down to the streets in search of another.
Face the harsh truths about life
In the middle of all these complications, something happened. I decided to release myself from the stress by taking a walk. Let me say this as quick as possible. Anytime things aren’t working out both in your mind and in your hand, just take a walk. These helped me a lot. Why?
- Relax your mind from worries because worries don’t solve any problems.
- When life hits you hard, stop being pitiful. Don’t go around playing the pity party game.
- When it’s not working, face your fears, don’t shy away from them. But listen, you can’t go over it, you can’t go under it, you can only go through it.
- When things aren’t working for you yet, don’t go about comparing yourself with others. Just live your life with the focus of arriving strong.
- When things aren’t working, dust your ass and get excited. Excitement has a way of bringing positive energy which will, in turn, attract positive people and positive thinking.
- But above all, when things aren’t working, put your entire gaze on God.
Note that choosing to be financially free and deciding to become an entrepreneur is not a rosy walk in the garden. It requires strong determination.
Four reasons I called it quit
With this in mind, I decided amidst all odds, to become an entrepreneur because I knew it was the only way I could;
- Build posterity for myself and my family
- Never make a name by working for someone as an employee
- Never be named in the books of record among the richest men in the world if I remained an employee
- Salary can never make me wealthy.
These and many more are the reasons I chose to quit my job and become an entrepreneur.
However, these are some few truths about money and becoming wealthy that everyone has to know to enable them to scale through the path to financial success;
- There’s no amount of prayer and fasting that can put money in your pocket. Prayer only helps give you spiritual insight and protection, not money.
- The journey to financial freedom begins from your mind and not your pocket.
- A man with a money-mind is far richer than a hardworking man without a money-mind.
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