Jan Ryan: Why You Should Quit Your Job

April 5 - On The Dot
It’s a great day to be a woman! Melinda Garvey here as your voice, with the mission to give women everywhere a place to be heard and tell their stories. We’d love to hear from you!

FIRST THOUGHT: Serial Entrepreneurship

I’m not the only one who pretended to be Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love, right? Tell me I’m not alone. There’s something magical about the idea of embracing the unknown to do what you feel like you’re called to do. Maybe it’s time to stop daydreaming and start doing. Not all of us can traipse around the world on a whim, but if you’re at a turning point and just need a little push, here you go: push.

WOMEN IN NUMBERS: 67 percent

If staying in your current job for more than a few years elicits a response like, “Eww!” or “No way!” you’re not alone. A recent surveyfound that 67 percent of millennial women are likely to leave their current employers in the next five years. There just aren’t enough opportunities to move up. It can be hard to find a job—period—let alone a job where you can envision potential leadership positions opening up later on. We don’t want to settle for mediocre anymore, and why should we?

WOMAN TO WATCH: Jan Ryan, partner at Capital Factory

Jan Ryan isn’t the type of person who would stay in a career rut. She’s an entrepreneur and tech executive who has built amazing businesses for the past 25 years, including four successful acquisitions and one IPO. She is always looking to fall in love with improving the lives of her customers. In 2013, she became a partner at an incubator and mentoring program for startups called Capital Factory. And Ryan’s entrepreneurial spirit doesn’t diminish when she goes home. She and her husband are creating a 100 percent off-the-grid ranch near Wimberley, Texas. If you’re feeling the push to explore other options in your career, heed her three tips. The first is to increase your visibility. Once you make connections with other women in your neighborhood, the second tip will be easier: get a mentor. And the final tip: gain capital. Think about how your goals can be funded and persevere, sister!


I think we’re all guilty of reading a self-help book and not putting words into action. (I’m looking at you, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.) Maybe today I will with this quote from Walt Disney: “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

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