Blogging Podcast, Mindset

180 An Honest And Open Look At Leaving My Job

By Leslie Samuel

I left my job as a university professor in a Doctor of Physical Therapy program 2.5 months ago.

Yes, I know – I'm crazy.

Since leaving my job, the honest truth is that everything hasn't been a bed of roses.

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In fact, there have been many struggles along the way – and it has only been 2.5 months.

A lot of successful bloggers share those struggles after they have already accomplished the success they want. Why? Maybe because it looks better to say “This is where I came from”.

An Honest And Open Look At Leaving My Job

However, I want to share these struggles with you as I'm going through them.

Here's the thing though – there have also been tremendous successes and opportunities that have come my way.

In this episode, I answer the following question:

Was it worth it?

I'm gonna cheat and tell you the answer right here – It was SOOOOOO worth it.

However, you're gonna have to listen to the actual episode to get the meat (and there's a lot of it).


Some people prefer to read along with the podcast episode. Others actually prefer to read than listen. If you are one of those people, not to worry. I've got a transcript right here for you 🙂

Click here to download transcript.

About The Podcast

Learning With Leslie

Learning With Leslie is a podcast dedicated to helping you build a business around a blog. No, not one of those blogs that will fall by the wayside when Google has a mood swing, but one that will thrive no matter what gets thrown at it.

I share tips and strategies that I’ve learnt building blogs since 2008 and interview experts who are knowledgable about various aspects of blogging so that we can learn from their experiences.

If you’re a blogger, thinking about becoming a blogger (pun intended) or are not even sure if blogging is right for you, go ahead and tune in to see what this blogging thing is all about.

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  1. Hi:
    Good for you! Initially I thought you were giving up online activity!
    Sometimes we just have to realize what is best for us.
    I retired 2 years ago for the same reason.
    Good Luck,

  2. i desire to be a blogger but have so much fear to start. i feel it will take a lot of energy since am still in a full employed job.
    since you started blogging since 2008, it means you were blogging while on an employed job, how did you cope?
    also, how can blogging give me money if i stop working.

  3. Ditto. I left my $142K annual JOB in DC on 2 Sep 2014 versus 31 Dec 2014 — 3 months ahead of my plan.

    Living on 68% less income has been very much worth it.

    One thing is certain though, the new change takes a lot of getting used to. The most important one is ensuring you make the gradual shift to replacing real events your now “free time” or else you will overload yourself and be frustrated. So far, my first two weeks have been dedicated to resting, traveling and spending time with loved ones. Of course, the Mediterranean is in our forecast which is one of the core reasons for walking away. Now, it is time to reset the purpose of my consulting group in 2014 and our non-profit foundation in 2015.

    1. It definitely does take a lot of getting used to, but I love it. Glad to see you made the jump. Wishing you all the best on this journey. Keep me updated on how it’s going.

  4. Hi Leslie,

    WOW! I am really seeing how these decisions have been huge for you.

    I feel so much happier after this podcast. I just thought I was a failure even though I love my topics. I even enjoy writing and would like to teach more. But so much technology that alludes me.

    So much I want to say but I will curb my self. This was so real and open. It couldn’t have been an easy decision to even share this with us.

    I am not the least bit surprised that people are seeking you out. You weren’t even making a full living but you gave your 10,000 %!

    I even wrote to you asking you for a certain training (that I would gladly pay for). I asked you first. I still havent found the training

    I know that you would be so detailed that I would understand it. SO when you want to know what we want, just ask!

    Since you have quite and now are willing to sell, I get to learn how to do that from the heart! Selling what we want and need!

    I am really glad you made the decision to this. For you and your family, AND for us.

    Also, you say this is difficulty and wouldn’t argue with that accept this (tee hee)— A regular job is difficult too. Eventually we become comfortable zombies.

    Thanks for this! Mary

    1. Glad you enjoyed it Mary. I’m curious – what was that idea again that you said you would gladly pay for? I remember us chatting about it but the details aren’t coming to mind right now.

  5. This post podcast was so encouraging to me Leslie, because I am at the very beginning of what I want to accomplish. Still, I love the things I’m doing and learning and the people I’m meeting and I just need a reminder once in a while it takes time but the work will pay off.

  6. Hi Leslie,

    I am stumped on doing videos, screen capture and powerpoint both free ( to get started) and then pd.
    Details of how to do it, use the software, plugins and putting it up. I have come across many overviews, but that hasnt help.

    Also, what I am working on now is how to put up a Facebook business page, how to work with it, set it up and what to do with it. What are they OK with and what they aren’t (like links and sales funnels).

    You See, I am asking for the World! I have bought so much training but details are hard to come by. SO I stopped buying (until now?)

    Thanks you for asking. It is appreciated. Mary

    1. Ahh yes, that’s a whole lot of stuff. I’m actually starting a Product Creation series in the university this week and over the next 2 or 3 courses, I’ll be dealing with the video creation part. In terms of the FB business page, that’s not something I’m tackling as yet, but it’s on the list of topics that I want to cover.

  7. What you said was so true to my experience. I’ve been working for myself since 1999 and at times think about going back to a full time position because it does get uncomfortable when things slow down, but I find that usually there’s a way to make it through the slow times and there are so many benefits to working for yourself. So, keep being motivated. By the way, I’ve tried to order the microphone you suggested in your podcasting episode and so far the order was cancelled, and the second order has yet to arrive so I’m wondering if it got cancelled also. Hoping you get an affiliate benefit from the link purchase but that’s just one example of issues we go through as entrepreneurs. I’m determined to get that microphone and keep pursuing it even if it was cancelled again.

    1. Thanks for the encouragement Janene, I appreciate it very much. I’m not sure what’s the deal with the mic purchase though. I’ve never had an amazon order canceled before and I’ve ordered MANY things from there.

  8. Leslie you’re very brave and daring! You know you did the right thing though. Thanks for sharing your story and what you’re going through. Loved that inspiring quote!! About being fully committed!!! Can you tell me… what was the episode mentioned with the business model ideas? you mentioned one. No transcript yet and i missed the number of the episode referenced. Can you let me know?

    Thanks! 🙂

  9. Thank you! I really just want to say thank you! Thank you for being brave, for sharing, for your knowledge, for your integrity and your honesty. It’s refreshing and inspiring while I’m in the middle of mapping out my transition out of the corporate world. Bless you for all you do.

    1. You are very much welcome. Yes, there are a lot of things to take into consideration when trying to make that transition. Wishing you all the best on your journey.

  10. I can’t tell you how much I needed this today. I’ve been working long hours at my job and struggling with the work/ family balance. I’ve been listening to your podcasts as I started my own DIY craft blog and just yesterday I talked with my boss about reducing my hours so I can slow down and have a bit more flexibility. I went into work today full of fear and uncertainty about the future. As I was working I listened to this latest podcast and it was everything I needed to hear, so thank you! I’m sure you wrote it just for me! You are definitely changing lives one blog at a time!

    1. WOOOHOOOO. You got started. That’s the first step Michelle, so CONGRATULATIONS.

      I’m glad this episode was what you needed to hear. Wishing you all the best on this journey. It can be quite a challenging one, but if we keep pushing, we’ll make it.

  11. Hey man. Gonna check out your podcast.

    I haven’t stopped working and i don’t want to either. More just to earn some extra cash.
    I signed up for bringthefresh (found it on the warrior forum) so far so good 🙂

    Have been running some ad campaigns on facebook using clickbank.

    Finally got my first sale 2 days ago 😀 super excited.

    Anywho gonna take a listen to your audio or read the transcript.

    Thanks man. Any tips you’re willing to share please?

    1. It’s definitely not about everyone leaving their jobs. And it’s definitely not about not working. Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone. And even this is a TON of work. It’s all about doing what you’re passionate about.

      In terms of tips – Start with the end in mind. Where do you want to be in the future? Once you know that, decide what steps you need to take to reach there and then take action like crazy.

  12. Leslie,

    Wow… I am loving every podcast and especially this one. Sometimes I’ll hear someone say they didn’t have much money or were broke but still able to find a way to do something about whatever it was they were talking about. Not you. You actually gave details: less than a month’s worth of income for a cushion. The transparency is what makes me enjoy listening to what you have to say.

    You’re real. Well, of course you’re real… but you actually come up out in the open about your actual situation. I admire that.

    One thing I wanted to mention because it’s been helping my small family so much through stress and struggles of low income and paying bills on different due dates and what have you, is YNAB. I make no affiliate commission on this and just wanted to throw it out there as I completely believe in it, have used it for years and, like you having a passion for biology, I have for finances and budgeting.

    You can check it out at

    Other than that, I’ve actually been enjoying my job that I’ve been at for over 90 days now and am learning to sell pretty well for having never had a job doing that before. I actually work at a call center selling and servicing water heaters. As weird as it sounds, I really enjoy what I do.

    On the other hand, I do still want to build a web site to help people online and believe that with enough effort, the right goals and guidance, and time, it’ll happen.

    God bless you and your family. Keep those podcasts coming.

    Take care, until next time!

    1. Thanks for the encouragement Eric. Glad you enjoyed the transparency. I just felt the need to share. In terms of YNAB, I’ve checked it out before but for some reason, it didn’t fit my personality. So I then decided to go with and that works well for me when I take full advantage of it.

      Glad to hear that you are enjoying your job. Keep at it. It’s all about finding something you love and then putting your all into it.

      Wishing you all the best!

  13. Leslie,
    Thank you so much, I really needed a pep talk today. This was a great podcast and I am so sorry I waited until today to listen.
    Thank you for all of your inspiration.

  14. Awesome Post Leslie, It was very well-presented and approachable. Good job Thanks my friend keep of the good work I will definitely be looking forward to more information.


  15. I wish I could take that leap Leslie. But I’m not quite there yet (not even halfway really). I tell myself that as soon as I have more hours in my day I’ll be able to produce so much more work and in turn be able to earn more money so it’ll all work out in the end. But I’m just so far away for it even to seem close to a reality. Regardless, your story is always so inspiring, and I just can’t wait for the day to come when I am only answering to myself as my own boss.

  16. Always good to hear from others that have done or are doing the same thing, and to see how successful you have been with it.

    Is also really encouraging to hear the struggles as well, as I am sure people do not understand how tough it can be when you make your mind up to go your own way and do your own thing, and also good to see how you have and are overcoming them.

    Thank you for posting this, is really very inspirational to refer to when times are tough,

    1. Yep, life is full of struggles and I think that we should share them more, so that we can help people. It’s tough, but the benefits outweigh the cost by far.

  17. Thanks Leslie for the honesty.
    It encourages me to know that you are just as human as I, and face uncertainty as well.
    I love that you prayed about your move. I also prayed and am working very part-time, so as to concentrate on my business. I’m hopeful it will pay off.
    You are truly an inspiration.

  18. This is great news to hear, thank you for sharing! Most people spend their lives wanting to do what you did and never actually going through with it. It’s very exciting to see how you became successful. I hope to one day be able to do the same thing.

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