Ok, a lot of us are freaking out right now. And for good reason. We’re in the midst of an unprecedented global pandemic, the likes of which we’ve never seen in our lifetime. We’re stuck in our houses trying to navigate working remotely, homeschooling our children, and...
If Andrew Luck Can Quit, Then So Can You
Last week, Andrew Luck, the star quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, made the life-altering decision to step away from the NFL after a seven-year career. If you’re not a big NFL fan, you might not understand the magnitude of his decision. So let’s take a look at...
10 Things I’ve Learned After a Year of Podcasting
I can’t believe Lessons From A Quitter is ONE! This past year has been challenging in the most rewarding way and I can’t thank you enough for coming along this journey with me. Launching the podcast was terrifying, but it has pushed me to grow, adapt, and be...
Why I Quit Being a Lawyer and I Think You Should Too
By Goli Kalkhoran Ok, obviously, the headline is a little dramatic. I’m not here to convince everyone to quit the law. If you love your career, congratulations! I’m genuinely happy for you and so relieved that there are people like you to do this work because it is...
Top 10 Episodes About Lawyers Who Quit
Maybe it's because I used to be a lawyer, but a lot of the guests we have on this podcast also tend to be lawyers who are looking to switch careers. Here is a round up of the top 10 episodes about lawyers who quit to go on to doing some amazing things. Ep.1: How Kaveh...
Help! I hate my job!
I have a feeling I know why you’re here. Because as much as we all want to feel like we’re unique in our misery, we’re all the same. Your path looked something like this: You were told to get good grades, go to a good school, study hard, get a degree, take on student...
The Best Life Hack: Get Used to Feeling Uncomfortable
I know Life Hack articles are all the rage. I wish I could give you the Top 3 Tips to Make Your Life Amazing or the Top 5 Ways To Make You A Millionaire. But, after having fallen for the clickbait one too many times, we all know that those are bullshit. So here is a...
How to Rate and Review a Podcast
Let me throw out a hypothetical: You listen to a podcast you love. Let’s just say the podcast is called Lessons from a Quitter. You love it so much you want to let the host know. You love it so much you want everyone else to listen to it too! Well, you’re in luck. A...
My Podcast is Live! And now I want to throw up
The podcast is live!! So I guess this is happening. I’m equal parts excited out of my mind and terrified to the point of wanting to throw up. I’m assuming that from where you sit it seems silly to be terrified. On the scale of scary things people are going through in this world, putting out a podcast doesn’t even make the scale. I get it. You’re right. Also, maybe stop being such a judgy jerk.
But I can’t shake this little voice in my head. You have one too. I’m certain. The little bully that is screaming at the top of her lungs right now “CODE RED” “CODE RED”. What will people think?! What will they say?! Will they even listen?! We’re panicked.
First, have you ever listened to your own voice on a recording?! I’m sure you’ve heard yourself on a video or something. But take that cringiness and multiply it by 1000. I’m still shocked that people have been talking to me my whole life when I sound like this.
Second, while putting out a podcast isn’t technically scary, putting yourself out there for people to judge really is. It shouldn’t be because, who cares? Right?!
Me!!! That’s who cares. I care. A little too much. I’ve spent my whole life engrossed in what people think of me. A habitual people-pleaser. The idea of someone in a far away land not approving of what I do has stopped me many times before. Sounds silly. I know. I’m working on it. But Rome wasn’t built in a day.
And, yet, here we are. I’m ignoring the yelling for now and putting it out there. Mostly because every time I have pushed past her non-stop yammering, something great has happened.
But, more importantly, because that is the point of this whole podcast! We all have that voice. Some are better at lowering the volume than others but it is a constant hum in the background of our minds. It tries to keep us safe, even if safe means miserable. Don’t try something new because what if you fail?! Don’t show you’re vulnerable because you will look weak! Are you crazy!?! Just do what you’ve always done. Stay in your lane. It’s safe there. Even if you’re dying side.
That voice is what keeps people in careers they hate. When it is unchecked and unchallenged, it creates a level of fear that seems insurmountable. But a funny thing happens when you simply speak the words of that fear into existence. It seems silly. It’s downright crazy.
So here we go. We’re telling her to shut it for now and putting this out there. Hopefully, the stories of all these other incredible people who have learned to ignore their inner critic will inspire you (and me) to do the same.