Why I Decided to Quit the Law
with Goli Kalkhoran
Hi, I’m Goli. I’m a former lawyer who quit to give entrepreneurship a shot. I also have a podcast where I interview other people who have made the leap to live a more fulfilling life
Forget what other people think. Live a life that you are proud of.
Live a little! Learn to let go and experience life a little more. You don’t have to have it all figured out right now. (In fact, you’ll never have it all figured out and that’s part of the fun!)
That I let my fears (fear of failure, fear of other people’s opinions etc) limit the life I lead.
Yes! Who hasn’t had doubters!? It used to paralyze me but I realized I was living a life I hated just so other people thought I was “successful”. Once I realized how insane that was, I was fine with people doubting my choices as long as I knew I was doing what I wanted to do.
You are allowed to be happy. Guard your happiness with everything you have.
Like anything, it has its ups and downs. I think entrepreneurship sounds really appealing because you don’t report to anyone. And while there are so many great things about it (creating your own schedule, calling the shots, etc.) the reality is that the buck stops with you. There is a lot of pressure when you’re making all of the decisions and there is no clear path.
You eat an elephant one bite at a time. It can be very overwhelming starting something new and that keeps people stuck for a long time. I realized that all you have to do is take small steps every single day. You don’t need to look at the entirety of the project. Just make a little bit of progress at a time and in the long run you will accomplish incredible things!
Through my podcast, I’ve been able to connect with a lot of people that feel like they finally found their tribe and that motivates me immensely.
I prioritize what means the most to me and I work around that. I have 2 young children and so my schedule really revolves around when they need me most. I try to schedule all other business activities around that, as much as possible. But I’ve also accepted that it won’t be perfect. Sometimes I’m going to drop some balls and that’s ok.
I try to read 20 minutes before bed every night and I always do a gratitude journal. My gratitude practice has fundamentally changed the way I view the world and has relieved so much stress in my life.
I have a serious (and I mean serious) sugar addiction. I’m working on it. 🙂
Yes! I was terrified! I didn’t know anything about running a business. I felt like a fraud when I told people that I was going to start it. But little by little, with each thing I accomplished, I started gaining the confidence that I could figure it out.
More About Goli
Goli Kalkhoran is a lawyer-turned-entrepreneur. After practicing law for 6 years, she left the grey world of the law in search of more creativity and balance. She founded Usie Booth, a digital photobooth company that provides an affordable, portable photobooth solution for businesses and individuals. In addition to her business, Goli hosts a podcast called Lessons from a Quitter where she interviews other people who have quit traditional professions in search of a more fulfilling life.