You Can Be Your Own Boss! Tips to Start Your 365-Day Exit Strategy

My 365-Day Exit Strategy: How to Start a Powerhouse Action Plan to Leave your 9-5

Today, I will discuss my 365-day exit strategy.

I am breaking the chains. I am changing direction completely.

You may ask, “Why would you do something like that?”

You’re working a full-time job, an entire full-time job, taking care of two small children. You have a loving husband that needs attention, and your life is at max capacity. Well, I’m glad you asked. Stick around, and I’ll tell you all about it.

The 365-day exit strategy. What is it? Why? How am I doing it?

The 365-day exit strategy. This will be my powerhouse action plan, and I’m not leaving any room for error. There is no backup plan. I’m going to engage my side hustles to max capacity. I’m going to fall hard, nonstop, every single day for the following year.

This is not your average exit strategy. I’m not bouncing from one job to the next. I’m not looking for the next promotion or the next raise. I am going to fully break away and engage in my side hustles and be my own boss. I’m not updating my resume. I’m not making contacts in the industry to get my next job, and the only reason I’m keeping my LinkedIn is to have my network available when all of my fabulous and fantastic ideas come to life!

See how I did that? See how I push myself up? I have all the confidence I need. I don’t need you to believe in me because I believe in my damn self. I am my number one cheerleader.

In my life, I’m always working towards the next goal.

I wanted a job as soon as I turned 16 tobe able to get a car. Then when I was 17, I enlisted in the Air Force. After that I thought, “Maybe I should get my degree.” Then I thought about it longer and thought, “Maybe I want to be an officer.”

I then got sent to go to school full time. I finished my Bachelor’s degree. I got my Commission in the Air Force. I came back in, and then the box-checking continued. I just kept moving from one thing to the next.

I am at box-checking capacity. I don’t want to check any more boxes. The next box I check will be, Teddy-doing-what-she-said-she’s-gonna-do and pivoting to her side hustles and being successful. That is the next box that I am checking. 

I want to show you that you can do it too.

I would venture to say one out of every two people is dissatisfied in their current employment. I would even guess that one out of every five people want to be their own boss and become entrepreneurs.

Now whether you guys have it in you to actually do that is up for debate.  That’s up for discussion with yourself. This is a no-judgment zone.

Anyone can become an entrepreneur if they’re willing to put in the sweat equity and work hard to get there. 

I want to bring you along this journey with me.

It’s very similar to when I started my YouTube channel, The Real Teddy Talks, three years ago. I was talking about Cryptocurrency. I started this channel because I started learning about Cryptocurrency. I started investing.

I started making money, and I wanted everyone I know to know about it because I don’t like keeping good things to myself. Instead of just telling people about it occasionally, I decided to start the YouTube channel. 

This is the same way. I think this is a fantastic concept. I can’t wait to let you in on it, and let you watch me succeed, and go through the pitfalls. I want you to see it all.

I want to bring you along so that when you go on your journey, and you have the strength and the courage to do it on your own, you don’t make the same mistakes I made.

So for the past six months, I’ve been thinking about this journey and how I’m going to implement this 365-day exit strategy. It was overwhelming. The thought of all of it was just taking me over, so I took a step back, and I said to myself, “What do I need to do?” I decided I needed to write it down. That’s where I needed to start.

I did a complete download, over a couple weeks, of everything that I thought of. Everything that I could make happen. All the side hustles that were started and never finished. The ones that never even got off the paper.  I’m going to put it all down, do a complete download. I’m going to figure out what I can do in this next year and how I can make it happen.

Create more time

During this process, I came up with five very important things everyone must do to take on this 365-day exit strategy. The very first thing is to Create More Time. I knew I needed to create more time in my day.

Get organized

The second thing was I needed to Get Organized. I needed everything around me to be organized. I needed my desk, my room, the kitchen, the house organized. Everything. This is hard to do with two small children, I have a 17-month-old and a three 1/2-year-old. If you know kids, they don’t keep anything organized. But to prosper, and have free thought, and be able to get into flow every day, you have to be in an organized environment.

Implementing Atomic Habits

The third thing is Implementing Atomic Habits. If you haven’t read James Clear’s book Atomic Habits, I highly recommend it. I knew that I needed to enact some habits to promote productivity. If I didn’t have those habits, I needed to figure out how to get them. I needed to put them into action.

Prioritize Stress Management

The fourth thing, which is not any less important than the first three, is to Prioritize Stress Management. Taking something like this on is going to increase your stress,increase worry and increase your fear. It’s going to also increase your confidence and your self-satisfaction. But your stress is going to be affected, and you need to find a way to manage that stress.

Come Up with a Plan

The fifth and final thing is to Come Up with a Plan, write it down, and then implement it. This is going to be a living, breathing document. It’s going to change. It might change every day, or even every week, but you need to download all the things you want to do, what you want to accomplish, how you’re going to achieve it, and then you need to set forth in that direction.

Those are the five things you need to even get started on your own 365-day exit strategy. My next 5 blogs will discuss that.