Screw the Naysayers

Why a 22 year old architect quit the profession w/Rachel Chang

December 20, 2018

When word got out that 22 year old Rachel Chang had quit her job as an architect, a former classmate called her in tears saying, “If you can’t make it, what chance do the rest of us have.”

In Rachel’s words, she had always been held to a very high standard. People outside of her firm thought she was leaving the profession because she couldn’t handle it. Her boss knew better. He knew Rachel would be quitting even before she did. Make no mistake here. Rachel was very good at her job. It was just obvious to everyone around her that she was not cut out to be stuck behind a desk. As her boss put it, “if you’re this good at a job you hate, then I can’t wait to see what you’ll do when you find something you’re passionate about.”

For Rachel the hardest part about quitting were the mental blocks. The fear that she was going to disappoint so many people if she changed careers, or she was going to disappoint her parents, or that she would never find something that she was this good at again.  

These fears held her back, until one day she realized she was ready to take back control of her own life.

Are you living your life, or one that you fell into by chasing other people’s dreams?

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