Not Having a Backup Plan Before Quitting Biglaw

When I quit my job, I didn’t have a backup plan. I didn’t have another job lined up. I didn’t have plans to start my own business. I didn’t have plans to go back to school. I basically had nothing but some courage and a few thousand dollars saved up.

Now I’m reaching the 3 month mark of quitting my job, and I sincerely can say that I still don’t regret my decision, and that I think I made the best decision for me at the time. And I am much happier and healthier for it now.

I have always been the type of person that likes to be productive and have a plan in place for my life. For the last 3 months, I have learned to let go of this a bit, and even though at times it has felt as though I’m free falling in the air, I have the unwavering support of my friends and family to thank for keeping me hopeful that the steps I’ve taken will lead me to something better in the future.

At this point, I can’t say that I’ve figured anything out. And that was never my goal. But I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned throughout this ongoing process is to maintain my hope and optimism for the future, even when there is nothing in place there yet, and even when it seems like there is no reason to be hopeful.  I am being hopeful anyway. This faith and optimism is what has kept me going through the tough times, and it is what keeps me from falling back into the trap of a secure job that I hate and going back into my uncomfortable “comfort zone.”

For the new year, it is my wish, for myself, for my readers, and for anyone who is struggling through a difficult period in their lives, to never give up hope. Hope is something that no one can give you, but it is also something that no one can take away from you.

I am hopeful that whatever new directions I will pursue for my career and my life will be great learning experiences, and that I will eventually find something that simply feels right for me.

As one of my best friends said, “finding a good job is like finding a good man.” If something, a job or a relationship, just doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.  And you don’t necessarily have to have a backup plan in place before jumping ship, because sometimes this need to have a backup plan in place will prevent you from taking the first step altogether.