Five months ago, I decided to turn my life into an ultimate adventure by leaving everything behind to travel. On a personal mission to becoming a global citizen by finding and discovering myself in other cultures to better understand how the world works.
How and Why I took the leap of faith..
I was recently asked by a very good friend of mine on how I took the leap of faith— quitting my job. For more than four years in the banking industry, I’ve often gone into “Where am I going in life” crisis. Up to this day, I still ask myself that.
I was exactly in the same situation as you are now. Confuse as to what steps to take next. It would be one of defining moments of your life because it changes everything in a good way.
I loved working as a banker. The Mondays and every morning inspired me to wake up everyday knowing my purpose to get things done. I got the adrenaline working with high net worth clients and I liked that. I loved my office and the people that I worked with are the kindest.
Until I started travelling.
I started travelling abroad way back 2017. I got the travel bug from Thailand. And I don’t hope to find the cure. Ever since I got back, I fell in love with it. I immediately plan my next destination every after trip, So I say to myself “I needed to find a way to continuously travel.” I read travel blogs about backpacking and saving money. I invested my money on stocks, bonds, etc.
I’ve met interesting people who’s been travelling for longer than one year. The longest was six years! When I realise it’s possible to do that, I believe that I can do that too!
I had a three year bond with my previous company. I cannot leave the company without finishing those three years. Unless I pay them a big fine. I was happy that time. I got to travel while being in a job that makes me happy. It was a comfortable life. Until one day, I no longer found satisfaction on what I do. I couldn’t see my purpose to the company although I understood why I was there.
So I planned everything before I quit— that’s how I knew WHEN to quit. I want to travel long term while earning money. This is my end goal. I took online courses. I applied jobs online. And I applied visas before quitting my job. Then sold some of my things. I had plans A-Z if things don’t work out. The whole thing prepared me up to my last day. Even then, I didn’t know what would come out of my choices. But I’ve got to give it a shot.
I HAD TO BE RATIONAL.
Of course it took me a lot of time if I’m going to quit or not. I weighed in my pros and cons. I even looked up for signs. There was that time I was hoping for something to be given to me that time. “Okay maybe if I get this, I might stay.” I said to myself. It wasn’t given to me. There was a million reason to leave and I only needed one reason to stay.
It was a sign to leave. I realised I was just a money making machine. I don’t want to live a comfortable life because I don’t think I would grow from that. But just because I left, doesn’t mean I’m not grateful. I will always be indebted to people who mentored me, high net worth clients whom I never thought I would one day meet, and to the company that believed in me.
Climbing the corporate ladder isn’t for me…for now.
So then I quit… because I don’t want to look back and think “what if”? I’d rather say to my old self “I can’t believe I did that” than “What if I did that?”
31 countries as of writing, I can’t believe I did it! I fell in love with the process to where I am today. I sacrificed and struggled. And now I’m ripping the fruits. It wasn’t just on a whim. I was patient until the end.
Plan and have a strategy on how to reach your goal before you take the leap of faith. Once you’re on your last step of the plan, then cross that bridge even if the future is uncertain.
I started being unstoppable when I took the leap of faith. Everyday, I was and am becoming fearless. I wasn’t born to stay in one place. I was born with wings.
It was the scariest decision I ever made. I didn’t know if my plan would work out. Five months later, I still don’t know what the future holds, but despite that, somehow I know I made the right decision.
But if I’m being honest, it wasn’t the bravest I ever did. Why? Because I can afford to fail in pursuing my day dream. And it’s a privilege to fail at something without total destruction. I can take more risks because I have no kids or family to take care of. No one is dependent on me. MY COMFORT is what I have sacrificed for in pursuing my day dream. And if I was broke enough and could no longer support my own, I have people to fall back on. And as part of my strategy, I’ve already been working online. Having a safety net is an asset not everyone has.
Take the leap of faith
A poet once said “ it’s your road, and yours alone, others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.”. If you don’t find the courage to go after what you want in life, you’ll never get it. Everything you wanted is on the other side of fear.
We all want to be successful, sure. You want to be an engineer, an architect, or anything you want to be. It takes a long process to get to where you wanted to be. People are in love with the end product but not the process. So the question is not “what do you want in life?” But rather “what are you willing to struggle for? What are you willing to sacrifice?”
Everyone loves a good story. Your stories can leave an impression. They make you interesting. What story do you want to tell in 10 years when people ask what you do or how you got there?
Will it be a story of taking bold risks, and doing something you’re passionate about? Or will it be a story of playing it safe, waiting for an opportunity to come to you?
Your next chapter is up to you.
Don’t quit the day dream. Take the leap of faith.