“If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.” — Jim Rohn

Some people get really anxious or depressed at their work. They feel trapped, cornered. The world’s weight in pressure is placed upon their shoulders to perform.

This sometimes describes me.

Then my boss reminded me, “Listen, don’t forget that the exit door is right over there.”

What the deuce?

Like leave? Quit?

That’s not in my vocabulary! I would never do that. Quitting is never an option.

“But why not? Just knowing that you can leave anytime, no matter how hard the situation is, should relieve you of any pressure or anxiety.”


It took me some time to process this. And when I did, my mind was blown.

Whoa. I never thought about this. I actually can just walk through that door anytime.

Why have I placed so much pressure on myself to perform? I mean, taking your job seriously is one thing.

But to harbor the belief that you are indispensable, necessary for the mission, and unable to fail is more crippling than helpful.

This notion can be applied to any realm of life aside from work — relationships, living situation, commitments…

I’m reminded that we are only one decision away from a completely different life.

Know that you are fully capable of exercising this decision at any time, especially when shit hits the fan.

About Evan

I write letters to my younger self, and I strive to be the person my younger self needed.