Want to ‘fire’ your boss? You’ll need to be prepared.
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About a month ago, I made my departure from corporate America in search of greener pastures and to embrace the world of full-time entrepreneurship. I have to admit that although it wasn’t quite a “rage quit,” I did choose to terminate my employment because workplace pressures were having a negative impact on my mental health.
I tweeted out an announcement shortly after sending my resignation, and that tweet was retweeted more than 4,000 times and “liked” by nearly 40,000 Twitter users. Among the outpouring of support I received, there were declarations of how proud people were of me for choosing to bet on myself, and more surprisingly an entourage of people sharing their intent to do the same. Although I won’t pretend to have it all figured out, I did anticipate that this day might come, and I was prepared for it mentally and, more importantly, financially. If you are considering making the jump into full-time entrepreneurship and firing your boss, make sure you do these four things first.
Build a solid personal brand
Outside of the traditional work week, I would spend the extra time I had building a personal brand. I wrote two books, delivered a TEDx talk, have been a guest on numerous podcasts, write for and have been featured in several publications and have built a nice social media following. I have built a brand as an advocate and thought leader for financial literacy and empowerment.
Although it became a point of contention with my previous employer, I’ve developed strong relationships with brands, decision-makers, coaches, consultants, other financial professionals and entrepreneurs who celebrate my talents and accomplishments outside of a corporate identity.
Establish strategic relationships
Although you’ll always want to lead with integrity and authenticity, it’s important to position yourself among like-minded individuals who either have been where you are or are following the same trajectory you’re following. Mentors and colleagues you can trade value and ideas with can likely position you for success in your endeavors or give you encouragement along the way. They can advocate for you in rooms and venues you’ve never stepped foot in, and they can talk some sense into you if you seem to be off yo