I quit my job to get a PhD in psychology because I thought that this would enable me to lead workshops, do talks, and write books. I now understand that I could have done all of those things without a PhD. In any case, I didn’t need to quit my job to get a PhD. I had enough spare time, and freedom, to have studied and continued to work.
I have literally just realised this after 2 years of part time studying!
In January 2018 I made the decision that made me feel sick; to exit my PhD early with a Masters instead. Full PhD would have been a further 2 years (min.) to complete.
Since then I have spent my time writing blogs rather than papers and I feel 10x happier (and 100x less stressed).
Although there is a part of me that will always feel like a quitter, another part is so excited to see what I can do now I have the time and energy to really invest in my dreams, as opposed to the thing that I thought that would get me closer to living my dreams…eventually.
Great article, thanks for sharing and being so honest.