Ep. 13: How I quit my job and went full-time in my coaching business


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We’re back with season two of the Permission to Pivot Podcast! Since we wrapped up Season One earlier this year, a lot has happened. In our inaugural episode of this season, I’m turning the tables and having my former coach, Rachel East, interview me about the biggest transition I’ve made this year: quitting my job and going full-time in my coaching business.

This highly-requested conversation peels back the layers of an often glamorized experience, sharing an honest glimpse into my first quarter of full-time self-employment–the good, the bad, and everything in between.

In this episode, Rachel and I talk about:

  • What actually led to my decision to quit my job and go full-time with my business

  • Moving from an energy of pushing and forcing and burnout to slowing down, taking a step back, and trusting that the Universe will step in to support me and make the right things happen

  • How I’m better off now having slowed down and surrendered instead of jumping the gun at the first several signs of discomfort in my job

  • Going from this abstract, “one day” decision to actually going through with it and how it differed from the expectations I had

  • How anyone can use a “now and never” mentality to truly think through a decision and form a realistic plan, rather than continuing to put it off and hoping for external circumstances to “force your hand”

  • How the Universe has made it clear that this was the right decision for me at the right time, even if logically it didn’t always add up financially

  • How to cultivate self-trust through callous-building experiences

  • The truth about what self-employment has looked and felt like for me in the first three months, including the challenges I face around money and finding my focus and what I’ve enjoyed most so far

  • How I “deal with” self-doubt and loneliness that inevitably comes up

  • The most helpful thing I’ve done to support myself in this transition

  • How doing more isn’t always the goal, which challenges the typical societal beliefs under capitalism

  • What’s next in business and life and not having to know all of the steps ahead

“The moment I decided to put it on the backburner was the moment that things started moving forward and gaining momentum for me.” - Marissa Burdett

“Slowing down didn’t mean failure or that I was giving up or that success wasn’t coming my way. What it actually meant that all of these things could integrate in a way that I probably couldn’t have made happen myself. Rather than me trying to control every single piece, the Universe could step in to make things happen.” - Marissa Burdett

“One of the hardest lessons we ever learn is that you have to be more willing to get what you need than what you think you want.” - Rachel East

“When you’re in this place where things are taking longer than you want them to...when you look back, usually what you find is that time between having an idea and actually getting what you want is the time that allows you to build the emotional, mental, spiritual muscle you need in order to actually be able to maintain and to have the thing that you want.” - Rachel East

“I think the reason a lot of people sit on the precipice and never jump is that they haven’t allowed themselves to experiment and fall on their face a number of times. The benefit of having done that was that you proved to yourself that you’re capable of recovering from things that don’t go well or don’t go the way you expected, which gives you the ability to step out into the unknown.” - Rachel East

“The impulses you feel are not accidental and it’s okay to act on those impulses, even if you don’t have to proof of why you should do it. The call to do something is evidence enough that it’s okay to do it.” - Rachel East

“There’s something satisfying about struggling towards the thing you really want versus struggling toward the thing that you don’t want.” - Marissa Burdett

“Instead of trying to fix everything and control everything, maybe we just have to let it be. Maybe you don’t have to know. You just have to believe what’s currently unfolding is greater than anything we could even imagine.” - Marissa Burdett


About the Guest

Marissa Burdett is a professional life and career coach for bloggers and creatives at Ampersand Coaching. Through personalized coaching, sincere podcast conversations, and thoughtful resources, she equips and empowers wide-eyed, open-hearted trailblazers (like you!) to embody who you really are at your core and to pursue a career and life that fully expresses your values.


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About the Interviewer

Rachel East is a certified life and career coach and co-founder of Clarity on Fire, a site (and podcast!) that provides inspiration and down-to-earth wisdom to people who know what they don’t want out of their life and career, but have no idea what they’d rather be doing.

Clarity on Fire is also the home of the Passion Profile Quiz, a free online resource that has helped more than 300,000 people pinpoint the intersection between their career and passion. You can find their published work online at major outlets like TimeFast CompanyBusiness Insider, and Forbes.